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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$23.61/ hour

FireTEAM TEST DUE 11/01/2021

South Metro Fire Rescue is looking for Paramedic/Firefighters to join our organization for the Spring 2022 Paramedic/Firefighter Academy. 


Performs paramedic, firefighting, emergency medical and rescue work in emergency situations. Provides advanced and basic life support care under SMFR Medical Director’s approved protocols and statutes. Ensures that other EMT personnel provide basic life support under their oversight. Maintains apparatus, vehicles, equipment, and fire stations.   Employees are assigned to a field station and perform a wide variety of emergency medical, firefighting, and rescue techniques under direct and limited supervision. 


  • High school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED).
  • Must be 21 years of age or older by hire date of 3/1/2022.
  • Valid FireTEAM test score through 3/1/2022.
  • Valid CPAT certificate through 3/1/2022.
  • 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 3/1/2022.
  • 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. **



Candidates are required to take the FireTEAM test by 11/01/2021 with National Testing Network.  You can take the FireTEAM test at a number of different testing centers across the United States on various dates. In order to take the FireTEAM test you must visit their website, identify a testing center near you and register to take the test. Space is limited so please don’t delay and register ASAP at:

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 by 11/01/2021.

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: 

The FireTEAM test is a video-based test consisting of 4 different components: Human Relations, Math, Mechanical and Reading.  Applicants will watch a video clip and respond to a series of related questions for the Human Relations, Math and Mechanical components of the test.  The Reading component of the test requires applicants to read various texts and answer related questions. See for additional details and to take a practice test.

For frequently asked questions regarding the FireTEAM test and/or the National Testing Network (NTN) that administers the exam, please visit: 

SMFR will pull your FireTEAM test scores following the 11/01/2021 test deadline.  A limited number of candidates will be invited to submit an application based on the FireTEAM test scores.  The number of candidates who will be invited to apply has yet to be determined. 

Step #2 CPAT 

Candidates are required to have a CPAT certificate that is valid through the academy start date of 3/1/2022.  If you do not have a valid CPAT certificate you will need to obtain one by the date of hire

You can get your CPAT from any agency; however, it has to be an accredited test.   

Additional CPAT Resources:

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

CPAT Orientation Guide

Candidate Preparation Guide


November 1, 2021

FireTEAM test deadline

November 5, 2021

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

November 15, 2021

Application deadline

December 3, 2021

Paramedic Practical Exam

December 4 - 11, 2021

Oral Boards

December 13 - 15, 2021

Contingent Job Offers extended via email

January 22 - 29, 2022

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

February 7, 2022

Final Job Offers

March 1, 2022

New Employee Orientation

March 3, 2022

SMFR Fire Academy Starts

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



  • 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 ** 

  • 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 (or 3 years of full-time paramedic experience in an emergency medical services or medical field). 

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

Click this link for a full job description:  PARAMEDIC FIREFIGHTER JOB DESCRIPTION 


For all questions related to the Firefighter Hiring Process, please email

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

** 2022 and 2023 Firefighter Academy Update **

Thank you for your interest in South Metro Fire Rescue!

 We are excited to announce that SMFR will soon begin recruitment efforts for our 2022 and 2023 Recruit Academies.

Our next FireTEAM test for Fall 2022 & Spring 2023 Firefighter Recruit Academies Opens on:

Monday, January 3, 2022.

 Recruitment efforts will start soon with a variety of in-person and virtual events (as COVID restrictions allow). These events provide interested candidates information about our recruitment process, hiring timelines, resources, and the opportunity to learn more about our academy and SMFR culture.

Please stay in touch via our social medias (Facebook and Twitter) to be notified about our official announcement, an upcoming calendar of recruitment events, and other updates. All of the information we are able to give at this time will be posted on these platforms.

 Thank you again for your interest in South Metro!

  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.