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According to the CDC, A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
According to the CDC, early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
The best course of action to combat the COVID-19 virus is to follow the CDC’s recommendations for prevention, which can be found here. This includes:
South Metro Fire Rescue continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation to ensure that the safety and preventative measures to limit exposure to our personnel and citizens is our top priority.
We know it’s a very fluid situation that has been evolving daily. South Metro is proactively taking heightened precautions for our personnel and staff at this time, including:
South Metro has determined that we will be rescheduling all station tours, engine demos and ride- a- longs, community events and public education classes to a later date to minimize exposure. We do remain committed to our citizens, however, and will work with them to ensure that we reschedule any event, tour, demo, etc. to a later time.
If our crews are affected, we will take the necessary steps and recommendations from the CDC to see if any of our crews are high or low risk of exposure and monitor them as needed.
Although the South Metro Fire Rescue administration office has been temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the South Metro Fire Marshal’s Office continues to be committed to protecting the lives and property of our community during this time. The Fire Marshal’s office will continue to operate and provide services to the community – with some alternations to business operations. This includes:
If you have any questions or concerns for the Fire Marshal’s Office, please contact our office at 720-989.2230 and a team member will be back in touch with you as soon as possible.
South Metro’s mission is to serve our citizens and we will continue to be there for you. We do ask, however, during this time that if you have non-life-threatening flu-like symptoms to please contact your primary care physician (PCP) prior to calling 911.
The minimum qualifications for all candidates must meet is:
An EMT-B certification is not a requirement in order to apply. If a candidate is selected for hire without an EMT-B certificate, the candidate must attend and successfully pass the EMT-B course hosted by South Metro Fire Rescue. A candidate that does not pass the EMT-B course will be eliminated from the hiring process.
When South Metro Fire Rescue has an open recruitment for an academy, a hiring timeline will be posted along with the start date of the academy. Please sign up to receive email notification of our job announcement by selecting to receive email alerts. To sign up, please visit our job postings page and click on notify me.
Yes, from the home page of our website, click on services then scroll down to Community Services and select Ride Alongs. Please note once a hiring cycle starts, ride alongs will be discontinued until the close of the hiring cycle.
All communication throughout the hiring cycle will be sent to the email address that you provided to the National Testing Network when the FireTEAM test was taken. Please be sure to enter your email address correctly on your application and check your email frequently, including your junk or spam email folder. All applicants will be notified of their status via email at each phase of the hiring cycle.
Please refer to our Careers page. This provides the most up-to-date information on what each academy will include whether it's for firefighters only or a mix of firefighters and firefighters/paramedics.
Candidates are required to have a valid CPAT certificate through the date of hire. There are numerous testing sites in Colorado. Please see the links below for some agencies that offer a CPAT test. *Be advised that all tests need to be accredited through the IAFF.
Aims Community College National Testing Network
Please be advised that your FireTEAM scores are valid for one year. A CPAT will also expire after one year. Please ensure they align with our hiring timelines. If we don't have have any current openings, your test scores and CPAT may expire by the time we open our hiring process.
1. Under the Careers tab on top, select Current Job Opportunities.
2. On the top of the screen, you will find a search box titled “Search to Activate Job Alerts for Future Opportunities”.
3. In the search box, enter the keyword or title of the position you are interested in. The system will show 0 opportunities and a message in red that states there are no matches for your criteria.
4. To the right of the message in red, you will find a blue bar that shows an envelope and a title next to it that states “Activate job alerts for this search”. Please click on that bar.
5. If you never applied with us before, please register to receive job alerts.
6. If you already have an account with us, please click on the Sign In link to complete your job alert.
7. After you Register or Sign in, complete the job alert by clicking on the Create blue button.
8. You will be redirected to the main screen that will have a message highlighted in green stating “You have successfully created a job alert”.
Please follow this link from SMFR's Wellness Division to get more information regarding a fitness program and an explanation of the VO2max test.
YES, Retirees have been approved with complimentary access to SMFR EAP benefits. Click on the “Peer Support & EAP Benefits” link for information on accessing this benefit.
YES, Retirees have also been approved with complimentary access to "SMFR PEER Support Members” at any time. Click on the “Peer Support & EAP Benefits” link for information on accessing this benefit.
YES, there is a web link for existing Retirees and future retirees that provides comprehensive list to “Health Care Options”. Click on the “Health Care Options” link on the Retiree We Portal for information on accessing this list.
YES, retirees can access this information by clicking on the “Pension & Investment Options” link on the website.
YES, retirees can access this information by clicking on the “Social Security Benefits” link on the website
YES, retirees can access this information by clicking on the “Retiree Uniform Protocol” link on the website.
YES, retirees can access and submit a request to be a member of the “South Metro Fire Alumni" Facebook Page
At the present, there is no benefit for access to the Wellness Center. This will be evaluated in the future.
YES, this will be provided upon retirement (20 YOS or more). Employees will be required to provide their existing ID Badge in exchange for the Retiree ID Badge.
At the present, there is not a system to provide this securely. However, you can reach out to the specific station via phone or contact the On-Duty BC’s.
Our key distinction is that we do not simultaneously conduct educational classes alongside our station tours. Please review the station tour and badge program sections to learn more about each offering!
During a station tour, scouts will experience an exclusive glimpse into the world of firefighters. Scouts will have the chance to explore a real fire station, check out unique firefighting equipment, and engage in interactive Q&A sessions with our dedicated first responders. This is more of a "meet and greet," and we do not work towards specific badge requirements during station tours.
Please note that our firefighters remain on standby for emergencies, and requests must be received at least three weeks before the requested tour date. Review all requirements and schedule a station tour.
For a more structured learning opportunity, we've developed a specialized badge program, Scouting Day: Fire and First Aid, to help scouts fulfill badge requirements while learning about fire safety and emergency response. Join us for an educational adventure your troop will remember!
Our next Scouting Day opportunity will be in the Spring of 2024. Please add your name to our email list to receive a notification with the registration link once the date is finalized.
We have compiled some of our favorite videos, classes, and lesson plans to help you work towards your merit badges!
Visit the South Metro Safety Foundation website for more information on CPR/first aid classes, babysitting classes, classes for new drivers, and classes for kids who spend time home alone.