Firefighter Careers

SMFR uniformed Firefighters protect lives and property through their involvement in firefighting, emergency medical care, fire prevention, disaster response, community service and public education. SMFR has twenty nine fire stations that are staffed 24/7 with three shifts working rotating 48-96 shift schedule.  In addition, there are special team opportunities, including: Aircraft firefighting & Rescue; 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.

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

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Please direct all questions or communication to HR by email.

Communication will be done only through email. Thank You

WORKING AT SMFR


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.


WORKING AT SMFR


** JOB ANNOUNCEMENT **


** 2022 and 2023 Firefighter Academy Update **


FIREFIGHTER RECRUIT

(JOB ANNOUNCEMENT)

FIRETEAM TEST DUE 3/13/2022


South Metro Fire Rescue is seeking entry level and experienced Firefighters to join our organization for the upcoming Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 Academies.

THIS RECRUITMENT WILL FILL A TOTAL OF 60 VACANCIES FOR TWO OF OUR UPCOMING FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC ACADEMIES IN FALL OF 2022 AND SPRING OF 2023. 

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT IF SELECTED YOU MUST BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN BOTH ACADEMIES AS YOU MAY NOT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SELECT WHICH YOU WILL BE HIRED FOR.

 

 MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED).
  • Must be 18 years of age by hire date of 9/6/2022.
  • Valid FireTEAM test score through 9/6/2022.
  • Valid CPAT certificate through 9/6/2022 and due by 3/21/2022.
  • Possess or be able to obtain a Colorado driver's license by 9/6/2022.
  • 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.

 APPLICANTS POSSESSING AN EMT-B CERTIFICATE:

  • Must maintain a current Colorado EMT-B or National Registry certificate through December 2022.
  • Must maintain a valid CPR certificate from either AHA Basic Life support for the healthcare Provider or Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer through December 2022.

APPLICANTS POSSESSING AN EMT-P CERTIFICATE:

  • Must maintain a current Colorado EMT-P or National Registry Paramedic certificate through December 2022.
  • Must maintain a valid ACLS Provider certificate through December 2022.
  • Must maintain a valid CPR certificate from either AHA Basic Life support for the Healthcare Provider or Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer through December 2022.

 

** PLEASE NOTE: SMFR does not permit the use of marijuana including the previous 12 months from contingent offer regardless of whether it is legal in the state of Colorado. **

 

HIRING PROCESS:

Step #1 FireTEAM TEST 

Candidates are required to take the FireTEAM test. The test is administered through the National Testing Network and available from 01/03/2022 to 03/13/2022Visit the FireTEAM website, identify a testing center near you and register to take the test.

https://www.nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/search.cfm?position=2#viewresults

  • There is a $50 fee to take the FireTEAM test that will be at the candidate’s expense. For information on the testing process with NTN visit: https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/pulicsafetyjobs/testing-process.cfm
  • Each candidate must complete the Work Attitude Questionnaire as part of the FireTEAM testing process. Candidates not completing this test will be eliminated from our testing process.
  • FireTEAM minimum passing score deemed valid by NTN.

 

Test

Minimum Passing Score

Human Relations

70

Math

70

Mechanical

60

Reading

80

Work Attitude Questionnaire (WAQ) score

60 Please note per NTN policy, the candidate's WAQ test score will not be visible to the candidate.

 

FireTEAM scores are valid for up to one year. If you have taken your FireTEAM test prior to SMFR opening the hiring process, please login to your FireTEAM account and add SMFR to permit us to view your FireTEAM score no later than 03/13/2022. The FireTEAM test will not be available after 03/13/2022 at midnight Mountain Standard Time. 

For frequently asked questions regarding the FireTEAM test and/or the National Testing Network (NTN) please visit: https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/faqs.cfm

 

Step #2 CPAT 

  • Candidates are required to have a CPAT certificate that is valid and available to upload should the candidate be invited to apply by March 21, 2022. This same certificate must be valid through September 6, 2022.
  • Only a CPAT license by the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) will be accepted. South Metro Fire Rescue does not host the CPAT test. It is the candidate’s responsibility to obtain the certification on their own.
  • There are numerous testing sites in Colorado including Ames Community College. Please visit their website for additional information. http://www.aims.edu/academicsfire-science/cpat/ 

CPAT Resources for out of state candidates:

National Testing Network (NTN) provides convenient professional administration of the CPAT in Arizona, Florida, Oregon and Washington.  Please visit 

https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/cpat_info.cfm to schedule a CPAT through NTN.

CPAT Orientation Guide

https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/pdf/CPAT_Orientation_Guide.pdf 

Candidate Preparation Guide

https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/pdf/CPAT_Candidate_Prep_Guide/pdf

 

Step #3 APPLICATION:

Based on the candidates’ FireTEAM scores, SMFR will invite several hundred candidates to apply. Applications will be due no later than 04/03/2022.

 

Step #4 ORAL BOARD:

Oral board dates will be confirmed and included in our timeline during the application process. 

 

TENTATIVE ACADEMY HIRING PROCESS TIMELINE:

 

March 13, 2022

FireTEAM test deadline

March 21, 2022

SMFR will invite a limited number of candidates (exact number TBD) to complete a job application based on FireTEAM scores with confirmation of a valid CPAT

April 3, 2022

SMFR Application deadline

April – May, 2022

Pre-recoded Video Interviews

May – June, 2022

Oral Boards

Late June 2022

Contingent Job Offers extended via email

June – July, 2022

Pre-employment Testing (background check, psychological evaluation and fitness/wellness assessment)

July – August, 2022

Final Job Offers

September 5, 2022

Fall 2022 Fire Academy New Employee Orientation

September 6, 2022

Fall 2022 Fire Academy Starts

December 23, 2022

Fall 2022 Fire Academy Graduation

January 2, 2023

Fall 2022 & Spring 2023 Fire Academy EMT-B Training Starts

February 10, 2023

Fall 2022 & Spring 2023 Fire Academy EMT-B Training Ends

February 20, 2023

Spring 2023 Fire Academy Starts

June 16, 2023

Spring 2023 Fire Academy Graduation

**The hiring process timeline is subject to change at any time**

 

COMPENSATION:

  • 16 Week Academy – $20.33/Hour
  1. All candidates will go through 16-week academy regardless of previous experience and everyone is paid the same wage during academy.
  • 2022 Firefighter Wages
  1. Firefighter IV       $62,496
  2. Firefighter III       $78,121
  3. Firefighter II        $86,801
  4. Firefighter I         $96,445

Recruit Firefighter

16-week academy – Probationary

 

Approximately 10 hours of overtime per week

$20.33 / hour

$1,118.20 / week

 

$20.33 x 40 hours = $813.20

$30.50 x 10 hours OT = $305.00

Entry Firefighter IV

Upon Graduation of Academy 

8 month – Probationary

w/no or less than 3 years of experience

$21.40 / hour

$62,496 / annual

 

Experienced Firefighter

Firefighter III

Upon Graduation of Academy

w/3 years or more experience

$26.75 / hour

$78,121/ annual

 

 

Additional Compensation

  • SMFR strongly values education and in turn compensates employees who have a degree with an education differential from date of hire as follows:
    • Associates 1% of base wage
    • Bachelors 3% of base wage
    • Masters 5% of base wage
    • PhD 6% of base wage
  • Experienced Firefighters 
    • We value previous paid firefighter experience and are willing to compensate our new hires based on the paid experience they bring to SMFR. 
    • To qualify for experienced Firefighter pay upon completion of our 16-week academy, applicants must have a least 3 years of paid experience as a firefighter (within the last 12 months) with a full-time fire service agency whose primary responsibility is fire protection and emergency medical service 

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

For all questions related to the Firefighter Hiring Process, please email employment@southmetro.org

FIREFIGHTER JOB DESCRIPTION

**South Metro Fire Rescue is an Equal Opportunity Employer**



** 2022 and 2023 Firefighter Academy Update **


PARAMEDIC

(JOB ANNOUNCEMENT)

FIRETEAM TEST DUE 3/13/2022


South Metro Fire Rescue is seeking entry level and experienced Paramedics to join our organization for the upcoming Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 Academies.

THIS RECRUITMENT WILL FILL A TOTAL OF 60 VACANCIES FOR TWO OF OUR UPCOMING FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC ACADEMIES IN FALL OF 2022 AND SPRING OF 2023. 

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT IF SELECTED YOU MUST BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN BOTH ACADEMIES AS YOU MAY NOT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SELECT WHICH YOU WILL BE HIRED FOR.

 

 MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED).
  • Must be 21 years of age by hire date of 9/6/2022.
  • Valid FireTEAM test score through 9/6/2022.
  • Valid CPAT certificate through 9/6/2022 and due by 3/21/2022.
  • Current Colorado State Paramedic Certification or National Registry Paramedic Certification.
  • Current American Heart Association ACLS Provider.
  • Current American Heart Association CPR Provider.
  • Must currently hold PALS certification.
  • Possess or be able to obtain a Colorado Driver License by hire date of 9/6/2022.
  • 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.
  • In order to have the best-trained, most committed paramedics to serve our community, SMFR requires a commitment of a 5-year term of continuous employment as a Paramedic/Firefighter before being eligible for a position change (i.e. applying or competing for other internal promotional opportunities, transfers, or voluntary demotions), effective January 1, 2022. This in no way implies or creates a contract of employment for the 5-year term, as all SMFR policies and procedures are applicable.  

** PLEASE NOTE: SMFR does not permit the use of marijuana including the previous 12 months from contingent offer regardless of whether it is legal in the state of Colorado. **

 

HIRING PROCESS:

Step #1 FireTEAM TEST 

Candidates are required to take the FireTEAM test. The test is administered through the National Testing Network and available from 01/03/2022 to 03/13/2022Visit the FireTEAM website, identify a testing center near you and register to take the test.

https://www.nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/search.cfm?position=2#viewresults

  • There is a $50 fee to take the FireTEAM test that will be at the candidate’s expense. For information on the testing process with NTN visit: https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/pulicsafetyjobs/testing-process.cfm
  • Each candidate must complete the Work Attitude Questionnaire as part of the FireTEAM testing process. Candidates not completing this test will be eliminated from our testing process.
  • FireTEAM minimum passing score deemed valid by NTN.

 

Test

Minimum Passing Score

Human Relations

70

Math

70

Mechanical

60

Reading

80

Work Attitude Questionnaire (WAQ) score

60 Please note per NTN policy, the candidate's WAQ test score will not be visible to the candidate.

 

FireTEAM scores are valid for up to one year. If you have taken your FireTEAM test prior to SMFR opening the hiring process, please login to your FireTEAM account and add SMFR to permit us to view your FireTEAM score no later than 03/13/2022. The FireTEAM test will not be available after 03/13/2022 at midnight Mountain Standard Time. 

For frequently asked questions regarding the FireTEAM test and/or the National Testing Network (NTN) please visit: https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/faqs.cfm

 Step #2 CPAT 

  • Candidates are required to have a CPAT certificate that is valid and available to upload should the candidate be invited to apply by March 21, 2022. This same certificate must be valid through September 6, 2022.
  • Only a CPAT license by the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) will be accepted. South Metro Fire Rescue does not host the CPAT test. It is the candidate’s responsibility to obtain the certification on their own.
  • There are numerous testing sites in Colorado including Ames Community College. Please visit their website for additional information. http://www.aims.edu/academicsfire-science/cpat/ 

CPAT Resources for out of state candidates:

National Testing Network (NTN) provides convenient professional administration of the CPAT in Arizona, Florida, Oregon and Washington.  Please visit 

https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/cpat_info.cfm to schedule a CPAT through NTN.

CPAT Orientation Guide

https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/pdf/CPAT_Orientation_Guide.pdf 

Candidate Preparation Guide

https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/pdf/CPAT_Candidate_Prep_Guide/pdf

 

Step #3 APPLICATION:

Based on the candidates’ FireTEAM scores, SMFR will invite several hundred candidates to apply. Applications will be due no later than 04/03/2022.

Step #4 ORAL BOARD:

Oral board dates will be confirmed and included in our timeline during the application process. 

 

TENTATIVE ACADEMY HIRING PROCESS TIMELINE:

 

March 13, 2022

FireTEAM test deadline

March 21, 2022

SMFR will invite a limited number of candidates (exact number TBD) to complete a job application based on FireTEAM scores with confirmation of a valid CPAT & EMT-P certifications

April 3, 2022

SMFR Application deadline

April – May, 2022

Pre-recoded Video Interviews

May – June, 2022

Paramedic Practical Exam and Oral Boards

Late June 2022

Contingent Job Offers extended via email

June – July, 2022

Pre-employment Testing (psychological evaluation and fitness/wellness assessment)

July – August, 2022

Final Job Offers

September 5, 2022

Fall 2022 Fire Academy New Employee Orientation

September 6, 2022

Fall 2022 Fire Academy Starts

December 23, 2022

Fall 2022 Fire Academy Graduation

January 2, 2023

Fall 2022 & Spring 2023 Fire Academy EMT-B Training Starts

February 10, 2023

Fall 2022 & Spring 2023 Fire Academy EMT-B Training Ends

February 20, 2023

Spring 2023 Fire Academy Starts

June 16, 2023

Spring 2023 Fire Academy Graduation

 

COMPENSATION:

  • 16 Week Academy – 23.61/Hour
  1. All candidates will go through 16-week academy regardless of previous experience and everyone is paid the same wage during academy.
  • 2022 Paramedic Wages
  1. Paramedic IV       $72,576
  2. Paramedic III       $90,720
  3. Paramedic II        $100,800
  4. Paramedic I         $112,000

Recruit Paramedic

16-week academy – Probationary

 

Approximately 10 hours of overtime per week

$23.61/ hour

$1,298.60/ week

 

$23.61 x 40 hours = $944.40

$35.42 x 10 hours OT = $354.20

Entry Paramedic IV

Upon Graduation of Academy

8 month - Probationary

$24.85/ hour

$6,048/ month

 

Experienced Paramedic 

Paramedic III

Upon Graduation of Academy

$31.07/ hour

$7,559.91/ month

 

 

** Move up steps/grades annually on anniversary date **


Additional Compensation

  • SMFR strongly values education and in turn compensates employees who have a degree with an education differential from date of hire as follows:
    • Associates 1% of base wage
    • Bachelors 3% of base wage
    • Masters 5% of base wage
    • PhD 6% of base wage
  • Experienced Paramedic/Firefighters 
    1. We value previous paid paramedic experience and are willing to compensate our new hires based on the paid experience they bring to SMFR. 
    2. To qualify for experienced Paramedic pay upon completion of our 16-week academy, applicants must have a least 3 years of paid experience as a paramedic with a full-time fire service agency whose primary responsibility is fire protection and emergency medical service (within the last 12 months ), or 3 years of full-time paramedic experience in an emergency medical services or medical field (within the last 12 months). 

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

For all questions related to the Firefighter Hiring Process, please email employment@southmetro.org

PARAMEDIC FIREFIGHTER JOB DESCRIPTION

**South Metro Fire Rescue is an Equal Opportunity Employer** 

  1. Minimum Qualifications
  2. Hiring Process
  3. Test Components

Entry Level Firefighter

 

  • High school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED)
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Valid CPAT certificate through at least the date of hire
  • Possess or be able to obtain a Colorado State driver’s license by date of hire  
  • Possess a good driving history and be insurable by the District’s insurance provider
  • Must be able to pass a pre-employment background check, criminal history review, physical, fitness/wellness assessment, medical evaluation, drug screen and psychological exam.

FIREFIGHTER JOB DESCRIPTION


See below for some behind the scenes footage of the 16-week recruit academy from South Metro.