Firefighter/Paramedic Careers

South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) uniformed Firefighters and Paramedic/Firefighters protect lives and property through their involvement in firefighting, emergency medical care, fire prevention, disaster response, community service and public education. SMFR has 30 (thirty) fire stations that are staffed 24/7 with three shifts working a rotating 48-96 shift schedule.  In addition, there are special team opportunities, including: Aircraft firefighting & Rescue (ARFF); Bike Medics; Dive, Ice and Swift Water Rescue; Hazardous Materials; Incident Management Team; SWAT Medic; Technical Rescue; Urban Search & Rescue; Wildland; Pipes & Drums; Explorer Program and Arapahoe Rescue patrol.

We strive to be the "Employer of Choice" by offering competitive wages, a robust benefits package, and being a family-oriented fire service agency.

Interested to becoming a firefighter at South Metro?  Visit our FAQ’s to help answer all your questions.


Contact Us

Please direct all questions or communication to HR by email.

Communication will be done only through email. Thank You

 Thank you for your interest in South Metro Fire Rescue!

We are excited to announce that SMFR has confirmed academies for the Spring and Fall of 2024. 

We will begin recruitment efforts in 2023 to select candidates for the upcoming academies.

Please check our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for announcements, application process, and timelines to come in the next 60 days.

To learn more about our processes, benefits, and compensation, please click on the pictures below for more details.

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Minimum Qualifications: 

  • High school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED) 
  • Must be 18 years of age by the date of hire
  • Valid FireTEAM test scores 
  • Valid CPAT certificate
  • Possess or be able to obtain a Colorado driver’s license Possess and maintain an acceptable driving record in accordance with SMFR’s Driving Records Policy
  • Must be able to pass a pre-employment background check, criminal history review, physical, fitness/wellness assessment, medical evaluation, drug screen and psychological exam.

*Any candidates who are selected during the hiring process that do not possess a EMT-B will go through a separate EMT-B course either before or after academy. Candidates who already possess a valid EMT-B will not need to attend the EMT-B course provided by SMFR.

Q&A Open Houses

Thank you for your interest in South Metro Fire Rescue!

 We are excited to announce that SMFR is now offering informational sessions open to all applicants. These sessions are starting soon with a variety of in-person and virtual offerings. Interested applicants will receive information about our recruitment process, hiring timelines, interview resources, and the opportunity to learn more about our recruit academy and SMFR culture. 

Please follow the "WORKING AT SMFR" link below to learn more about our recruitment process and to sign up for one of our informational sessions.


Want to know more about our academy?

                                                                             See below for some behind the scenes footage of South Metro's 16-week fire academy. 

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