If you are interested in a career as a firefighter, Mesquite and several Southern Nevada fire departments are launching a recruitment drive with a series of open houses from Nov. 16 to Dec. 5.

In addition to the Mesquite Fire and Rescue Department, other area fire departments participating in the Southern Nevada recruitment drive are Clark County, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Mount Charleston and Pahrump. Applications will be accepted online only through the www.snvfirerecruitment.com website starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8. The number of applicants will be limited to the first 4,500 who apply online. The application period will close Tuesday, Dec. 22, or after the first 4,500 applications are received.

Clark County and the participating agencies are hosting seven outreach sessions to help interested applicants learn about the different fire departments and the testing, qualification and recruitment process. The first one will be held on Monday, Nov. 16, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the West Flamingo Senior Center, 6255 W. Flamingo Road.

Mesquite Fire and Rescue Chief Kash Christopher said, “Mesquite provides a unique opportunity for new recruits.  In other areas, fire, rescue, haz-mat, EMS and special operations are handled on a multi-jurisdictional level.  In Mesquite, firefighters get exposure to all of these areas.”  Christopher went on to say, “Since Mesquite borders Arizona, we also have the advantage of working and training with our counterparts across the state line.”

Clark County’s Human Resources Department is hosting the recruitment website and will forward applications to partnering agencies. The candidates who successfully complete the application and testing process will be forwarded to fire departments for consideration as openings occur within their departments starting next year. Minimum qualifications for each agency, testing dates and other pertinent information about the recruitment are posted on www.snvfirerecruitment.com . Submitting an application is the first step in the process. Applicants also will be required to take a written exam and pass a physical abilities test called the Candidate Physical Ability Test, or CPAT.  The CPAT can be taken locally at the College of Southern Nevada. For more information, visit www.csn.edu/cpat.

The Nov. 18 outreach session from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Clark County Commission Chambers can be viewed live as it occurs on the agenda page of Clark County’s website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov. The session also will be taped for rebroadcast on Clark County Television and YouTube throughout the recruitment period. A link to the video will be posted on the fire recruitment website. The same information is generally offered at each outreach session. Candidates are encouraged to attend at least one session, or watch the recorded session to learn about the recruitment process. The full schedule of outreach sessions is as follows:

2015 Multi-Agency Firefighter Recruitment Outreach Sessions:

–Monday, Nov. 16, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., West Flamingo Senior Center, 6255 W. Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV 89103.

–Wednesday, Nov. 18, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Clark County Government Center – Commission Chambers, 500 South Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89106. * Can be viewed live on the agenda page of Clark County’s website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov.

–Friday, Nov. 20, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., Hollywood Recreation Center, 1650 S. Hollywood, Las Vegas, NV 89142.

–Saturday, Nov. 21, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Silver Mesa Recreation Center, 4025 Allen Lane, North Las Vegas, NV 89032.

–Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. , Mountain Crest Community Center, 4701 N. Durango, Las Vegas, NV 89129.

–Wednesday, Dec. 2, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Henderson Fire Training Center, 401 Parkson Road, Henderson, NV 89011.

–Saturday, Dec.  5, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Desert Breeze Recreation Center, 8275 Spring Mountain Road., Las Vegas, NV 89117.