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.

Contact Us

Please direct all questions or communication to HR by email.

Communication will be done only through email. Thank You!

SMFR's Firefighter hiring process is in progress and the Paramedic hiring process is open for the 2024 Spring academy. 

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

#JoinSMFR Today!


Thank you for your interest in South Metro Fire Rescue!

 We are excited to announce that SMFR now offers informational sessions open to all applicants to attend in person or virtually. 

Interested applicants will receive information about our Firefighter and Paramedic careers, recruitment process, interview resources, and

 SMFR culture. Please follow the "WORKING AT SMFR" link below to sign up for one of our informational sessions and/or access one of our previously recorded sessions.

We are currently updating the 2024 Informational Session Calendar.

Please check back after the new year to sign up for one of our upcoming informational sessions in 2024.


  1. Firefighter
  2. Paramedic/Firefighter
  3. Benefits
  4. Hiring Process

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.
    • To help prepare for your fitness/wellness assessment, click here for a sample program from our Wellness Division.

*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.

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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