Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)


Public Administration

First Committee Member

Christopher Stream, Chair

Number of Pages



After the retirement of Fire Chief Washington, the Las Vegas City Manager, Doug Selby and the Deputy City Manager, Betsy Fretwell sought input from Fire Department personnel on what qualities they would like to see in a new fire chief. Selby and Fretwell visited all fire department personnel, whether located in a fire station (called "the floor") or in administration. While Selby and Fretwell did learn about the leadership qualities the fire fighting personnel expected in a new chief, they also heard serious concerns expressed about the Recruit Training Academy (the Academy) and the quality of the rookies it was producing. Then Assistant Fire Chief over training, Bertral Washington and his subsequent replacement, Assistant Chief Tom Miramontes asked the UNLV Public Administration Department to assess the Fire Training Academy and recommend improvements to the program.


Fire departments; Fire extinction – Study and teaching; Fire fighters – Training of ; Nevada – Las Vegas


Other Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation | Social Policy




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AppendixD.pdf (2637 kB)
KCooper-etal_PPT-RecruitTrainingAcademy_2008.pdf (19779 kB)
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