LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – Officials celebrated 47 Fire Academy graduates at the Westgate Las Vegas today.

One by one, they walked across the stage to allow CCFD Chief John Steinbeck to pin badges on their new uniforms. Then they took their oaths and were sworn in as official first responders.

This class started with 70 recruits. Of those, 46 made it through 20 weeks of intensive classroom work and rigorous field training.

One new firefighter told FOX5 his journey to become a firefighter started when he nearly lost a friend.

“I saved my best friend’s life doing CPR when I was 19 years old. I was in a transitional period when I was lost and I didn’t know what I wanted to do. When the fire department came, did CPR, and eventually saved his life, seeing how they performed under pressure, and it really made me involved and made me want to make a difference in someone’s life as they made a difference in my life,” said Niko Valle-Alcantar.

The new firefighters will be stationed at various battalions throughout the Las Vegas Valley.


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