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. 

Contact Us

Please direct all questions or communication to HR by email.

Communication will be done only through email. Thank You


SMFR continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation, and safety and preventative measures to limit exposure to our community, personnel and citizens is our top priority. As it relates to the recruitment process for the Fall 2020 Firefighter Academy, there will be delays and changes to the Hiring Process Timeline.

What happened is, the FireTEAM testing window closed on March 16th at midnight. However, many of our candidates who were confirmed to take the exam in March were unable to complete it because testing sites closed in response to COVID-19. This is also the case for several of the CPAT testing sites.

As soon as we have the revised dates in the Hiring Process Timeline pinned down, we will post an update on this page. Please know that this is a dynamic situation. We are working through this and will provide an update as soon as possible.

For a list of current job openings, click here.

  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.


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