Las Cruces Fire Department Recruiting; Pay Is $38,000 After One Year

Las Cruces – The Las Cruces Fire Department is looking for motivated, committed and customer service-oriented men and women to become firefighters for the City of Las Cruces. Preferences are given to candidates who submit proof of at least 65 college credits and/or current NM Emergency Medical Technician licensure at any level, but licensure is not required.

Earn while you learn. Cadet entrance pay, based on a 40-hour week, is $24,282 per year. After graduation, on-shift schedule is based on a 56-hour work week (24 hours on/48 hours off) at $36,027 per year. Upon completion of your first year, firefighter base pay is $37,945 per year. Monetary incentives are available to those who have or obtain NM EMT Intermediate or NM EMT Paramedic licensure.

Benefits package includes:

* PERA Retirement, Deferred Compensation Plan
* Health, Life and Disability Insurance
* Paid Annual and Sick Leave, Holidays

All applications must be submitted ONLINE. Applications for "Fire Cadet" are available beginning Wednesday, September 1st . Apply at under "Employment." Application period closes at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 8th.

The Las Cruces Fire Department will offer practice physical ability tests (PAT) for potential candidates on August 28th, September 11th and September 18th at 8 a.m. at Fire Station 4, 2802 East Missouri Avenue. Get a hands-on demonstration of the new PAT. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and rubber-soled shoes. Participants under the age of 18 require parental permission.

After each PAT, a workshop will be offered at 2 p.m. at City Hall, 700 N. Main Street. Workshops will summarize information about the department, the career and the hiring process.

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