Become a North Metro Firefighter

Picture of North Metro Fire academy graduatesNorth Metro Fire Rescue District recruits employees who will embrace our mission and values and play an active role in making our organization the best fire district in the state. We seek a diverse group of individuals representing a variety of education, skills and experiences to join our team.

From the newest firefighter to our highest ranking officers, everyone has an opportunity to contribute to the organization's growth and development.

You don't have to take our word for it. Check out what our employees have to say about working at North Metro Fire. We hope you decide to join our team! 

Steps to Becoming a North Metro Firefighter

  1. Learn about the firefighting profession and North Metro Fire
    1. Firefighting is a unique profession. If you desire a profession that is dynamic, rewarding, team-oriented and an opportunity to make a difference, this may be the job for you. 
    2. More than 70% of our emergency calls involve emergency medical services, and North Metro Fire supports a progressive emergency medical services (EMS) program that strives to deliver the best in pre-hospital care. All of North Metro's firefighters play a vital role in providing emergency medical care, in addition to responding to a variety of hazards. 
    3. Our department encourages professional development and growth, and offers opportunities to contribute to the organization's strategic plan, promote within, and join one of the District's special teams: wildland, technical rescue, hazardous materials and airport operations. 
    4. Our department operates on a 48/96 schedule, meaning you'll work two 24-hour shifts at the fire station and then have four days off.
    5. North Metro Fire offers competitive pay (starting at $61,000) and great benefits, including well-being programs for employees.
    6. Get to know us! If you are an EMT student or enrolled in a fire service program, we invite you to sign up for a ride-along with one of our crews. Shadow us for a few hours and get insight into the job and the people who make up our North Metro family. 
    7. Find opportunities to work in EMS, and volunteer at a volunteer fire department to gain experience.
  2. Fulfill the minimum requirements
    1. Must be 18 years or older
    2. High school degree or higher education
    3. Valid Colorado Driver's License (must obtain prior to the end of the fire academy)
    4. Valid State of Colorado EMT or paramedic certification (must be certified by the beginning of the fire academy)
    5. Valid Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) certification - valid for one year from the date of the exam
      1. One venue that offers the CPAT is Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado. The test is offered monthly.
  3. Complete firefighter testing
    1. North Metro Fire is part of the Colorado FIREfighter Testing Consortium, comprised of 14 fire departments in the northern Denver area. 
    2. Departments within the consortium hire from the Industrial/Organizational Solutions (IOS) testing pool. This test is conducted twice a year through the consortium, once in April and once in October. Test scores are good for one year. If you took the test within the year, the results will be included in those forwarded to hiring department members of the Consortium. You can re-test if you want to improve your score, and IOS will take the better of the two tests to report to hiring departments.
    3. North Metro Fire also hires from the FireTEAM National Testing Network. Tests are conducted at various testing sites throughout the year.
    4. To be considered, a candidate must pass all testing categories with a score of 70% or higher.
    5. North Metro Fire will select candidates from the testing scores to proceed to the next phase of the hiring process.
    6. In addition to the the testing scores, considerations are given to candidates with advanced formal education, military background and references from North Metro Fire employees. 
  4. Participate in the interview/assessment process
    1. The interview/assessment process consists of participating in two oral board interview panels as well as a written exercise.  
    2. Those paramedics passing the interview portion will move onto a medical assessment of their paramedic skills, including a written test and EMS hands-on scenarios. EMTs do not conduct a skills assessment test.
    3. Candidates who pass the interview and assessment process are eligible for hire and placed on one of two hiring eligibility lists - one for EMTs and one for paramedics. These lists are then certified by North Metro Fire's Civil Service Committee. 
    4. In order of rank, candidates are interviewed by North Metro Fire's chiefs. Following the chiefs' interviews, selected candidates are given conditional job offers. Once a conditional job offer is received, the candidate will need to pass a medical/physical evaluation, including a drug test, with the North Metro Fire occupational doctor as well as a background check. Felonies and a misdemeanor within two years are disqualifiers for hiring. In addition, North Metro Fire will conduct acrophobia and claustrophobia testing to ensure a candidate is fit for the occupation.  
    5. Once these processes are passed, a final job offer will be given to the new hire candidate.  
  5. Participate and graduate from the North Area Fire Academy
    1. North Metro Fire employees typically begin training two weeks prior to the North Area Fire Academy start date. The North Area Fire Academy is 14 weeks long and takes place primarily at the North Metro Fire Training Center. The academy's weekly schedule consists of four 10-hour days with Wednesdays off. North Metro Fire will provide firefighter training and certification requirements during the fire academy. 

Train for your Firefighting Career

academy car fire trainingOnce you receive and accept your final job offer, the real process of becoming a firefighter begins. North Metro Fire has a state-of-the-art Training Center Complex that demonstrates our commitment to training, safety and the health of our employees. 

We are part of the North Area Fire Departments group, which includes seven other organizations. Currently, we deliver a three-month fire academy at our Training Center jointly with the other North Area Fire Departments.

Typically, the North Area Fire Academy begins in August of each year and is completed just prior to Thanksgiving. Once you have graduated from the fire academy as a trainee, you will become a probationary firefighter for a one-year period, where your training and assessment will continue under your company's officer.