The Henderson Fire Department recently added 12 new firefighters to its ranks.
Cadet Academy Class 43 graduated on Sept. 22. A formal ceremony was held inside Club Madrid at Sunset Station.
Henderson Fire Chief Matthew Morris welcomed the cadets to the department in the presence of city officials, fire personnel, family and friends. The cadets then took the oath of office and were pinned with their badges by family members.
The cadets completed 16 weeks of academic and practical training in such areas as fire suppression, emergency medical services, technical rescue and hazardous materials response. They will be certified at the Nevada State Firefighter 2 level upon graduation and will go on to complete an additional eight months of training, focusing on Henderson Fire Department emergency operations as they complete their probationary year.
“Our newest firefighters are joining a team devoted to providing essential public services that are integral to the health and safety of our community,” said Fire Chief Morris. “They have consistently exhibited the values of compassion, integrity and respect that define who we are as Henderson firefighters.”
The addition of 12 new firefighters brings the total number of sworn personnel in the Henderson Fire Department to 225. Henderson is currently served by nine fire stations, with a tenth opening in the Inspirada area in the fall of 2017.