Lateral Hires

Explains the great benefits of working for North Metro FireNorth Metro Fire recently was awarded a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant, which will allow us to hire nine firefighters in early 2022 to fulfill key positions within our growing fire district. We are looking for dedicated firefighters certified as paramedics to join our team.

Those who already have experience working as a full-time firefighter/paramedic will be considered for starting at a higher step grade than entry-level firefighters. First year North Metro firefighter/paramedics begin at $69,200 and are able to advance through four firefighter grades to earn $97,230.

Why Make the Switch to North Metro Fire

It's simple. Join us and we'll give you the tools to be your best and thrive in your career.

Want to work for a growing fire district with a dynamic callThree firefighters debrief following an apartment fire in Northglenn load, the latest equipment, a state-of-the-art Training Center and an opportunity to develop as a professional? These are only a few reasons to test with North Metro Fire. Want to specialize on one of our special teams or earn a spot on Colorado Task Force 1? Want to apply your passion for paramedicine to elevate our EMS program and promote to a safety and medical officer? We will provide you with the pathway and mentorship to help you reach your goals.

Steps for Lateral Hires

  1. Fulfill the minimum requirements
    1. Must be 18 years or older
    2. High school degree or higher education
    3. Valid unrestricted driver's license (must obtain Colorado license prior to the end of the fire academy)
    4. Valid paramedic certification (must be Colorado state-certified by the end 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.
  2. A medic gets ready to check a victim in the back of an ambulance following an apartment fireComplete firefighter testing
    1. You have two firefighter testing options to be considered for a position at North Metro Fire.
      1. Currently, North Metro Fire is hiring from the National Testing Network FireTEAM testing pool. Tests are conducted at various sites throughout the year.
      2. North Metro Fire also is part of the Colorado FIREfighter Testing Consortium, comprised of 12 fire departments in the Denver area, that hire from the Industrial/Organizational Solutions (IOS) testing pool. This test is conducted twice a year, once in April and once in October, and test scores are good for one year.
      3. Both testing pools are used for hiring.
    2. To be considered, a candidate must pass all testing categories with a score of 70% or higher. Testing scores should be posted no later than January 15, 2022, for consideration in this year's hiring process.
    3. North Metro Fire will select candidates from the testing scores to proceed to the next phase of the hiring process.
    4. In addition to the the testing scores, considerations are given to candidates with military background and references from North Metro Fire employees. 
  3. Undergo the medical assessment process
    1. Paramedics will participate in a medical assessment of their paramedic skills, including a written test and EMS hands-on scenarios.
    2. Candidates who pass the medical assessment process will then receive the opportunity to participate in the general skills assessment.
  4. Participate in the general skills assessment and interview process
    1. The assessment consists of two separate interview panels as well as a written exercise. Candidates who pass the general skills assessment are eligible for hire and placed on a hiring eligibility list certified by North Metro Fire's Civil Service Committee. 
    2. 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. Candidates who have ever been convicted of a felony, or who have been convicted of a misdemeanor within the last two years, will be subject to an individualized evaluation as to whether the criminal activity should disqualify the candidate. In addition, North Metro Fire will conduct acrophobia and claustrophobia testing to ensure a candidate is fit for the occupation.  
    3. Once these processes are passed, a final job offer will be given to the new hire candidate.  academy car fire training
  5. Participate and graduate from the North Area Fire Academy
    1. The North Area Fire Academy is 14-16 weeks long and takes place primarily at the North Metro Fire Training Center. The academy's weekly schedule consists of four 10-hour days. North Metro Fire will provide firefighter training and certification requirements during the fire academy.