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April 16, 2014

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Firefighter recruits won’t graduate amid suspected cheating

A group of 14 Las Vegas Fire & Rescue academy members were kept from graduating after officials discovered suspected cheating on one of the class exams.

The class’s scheduled graduation on Feb. 14 was delayed following suspicions of cheating during the written test by the state Fire Marshal Division, according to a news release from the city.

A follow-up investigation was conducted and the decision was made not to graduate any of the 14 trainees.

“The city is not going to compromise the quality of its service nor the character or integrity of our organization,” Chief Public Safety Officer Karen Coyne said in a statement.

The city will begin recruiting a new fire academy class and develop a plan to cover the loss of the 14 graduates, according to the release.

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  1. If they cheat now, these guys might try to game the system by faking sick days or something. Integrity and the Fire Department seem to be mutually exclusive.

  2. Could the story writer tell us a bit more about this?

    13 people who (apparently) did not cheat can't take the exam again? If I were in that bunch and I did not cheat, I'd already have my attorney suing the academy for not accepting my grade with out rock-solid proof of cheating. Allegation (i.e. the suspected cheating) is not fact.

  3. I can't believe that Fire fighters were caught doing something unlawful, that is a tragedy,, oh wait the overtime scandal took care of that fairytale.