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Career fair held in Las Vegas amid first responder shortage

Posted at 6:32 PM, Apr 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-30 23:40:16-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Law enforcement agencies and the Clark County Fire Department are facing a shortage of first responders.

On Tuesday, they teamed up for a career fair at the College of Southern Nevada on Charleston.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue needs more paramedics and firefighters.

While the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said they're seeing a sufficient number of applicants for officer positions, but many aren't physically prepared for the job.

Las Vegas officer Isaac Beasley said career fairs, like the one on Tuesday, are a way to show the community just how many different positions are available within the department.

Beasley also said a few open positions include dispatchers, auto mechanics, and a helicopter mechanic.

"A lot of times people don't realize the various positions that it takes to do a job with the police department," Beasley said.

Tuesday's career fair was one of many marketing strategies local agencies will be using to attract the next generation into the field.