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According to the CDC, A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
According to the CDC, early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
The best course of action to combat the COVID-19 virus is to follow the CDC’s recommendations for prevention, which can be found here. This includes:
South Metro Fire Rescue continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation to ensure that the safety and preventative measures to limit exposure to our personnel and citizens is our top priority.
We know it’s a very fluid situation that has been evolving daily. South Metro is proactively taking heightened precautions for our personnel and staff at this time, including:
South Metro has determined that we will be rescheduling all station tours, engine demos and ride- a- longs, community events and public education classes to a later date to minimize exposure. We do remain committed to our citizens, however, and will work with them to ensure that we reschedule any event, tour, demo, etc. to a later time.
If our crews are affected, we will take the necessary steps and recommendations from the CDC to see if any of our crews are high or low risk of exposure and monitor them as needed.
Although the South Metro Fire Rescue administration office has been temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the South Metro Fire Marshal’s Office continues to be committed to protecting the lives and property of our community during this time. The Fire Marshal’s office will continue to operate and provide services to the community – with some alternations to business operations. This includes:
If you have any questions or concerns for the Fire Marshal’s Office, please contact our office at 720-989.2230 and a team member will be back in touch with you as soon as possible.
South Metro’s mission is to serve our citizens and we will continue to be there for you. We do ask, however, during this time that if you have non-life-threatening flu-like symptoms to please contact your primary care physician (PCP) prior to calling 911.
SMFR is currently hiring for entry level firefighter positions. The minimum qualifications for all candidates must meet is:
No; but the candidate must have a valid EMT-B certificate prior to the start of the South Metro Fire Rescue Academy. If a candidate is selected for hire, the candidate must attend and successfully pass the EMT-B course hosted by South Metro Fire Rescue. A candidate that does not pass the EMT-B course will be eliminated from the hiring process.
Yes. At a minimum, a valid EMT-B or EMT-P certificate is required by the start of the Recruit Academy.
South Metro Fire Rescue conducts two hiring process per year. We hold one Fire Academy in the Spring (end of February) and another in the Fall (end of August). Please sign up to receive email notification of our job announcement by selecting to receive email alerts. To sign up, please visit our job postings page and click on notify me.
Yes. From the home page of our website, click on services then scroll down to Community Services. Please note once a hiring cycle starts, ride alongs will be discontinued until the close of the hiring cycle.
All communication throughout the hiring cycle will be sent to the email address that you provided to the National Testing Network when the FireTEAM test was taken. Please be sure to enter your email address correctly on your application and check your email frequently, including your junk or spam email folder. All applicants will be notified of their status via email at each phase of the hiring cycle. Please reach out to email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
Please refer to our Careers page. This provides the most up-to-date information on what each academy will include whether it's for firefighters only or a mix of firefighters and firefighters/paramedics.
Candidates are required to take the FireTEAM test. The test is administered through the National Testing Network and available during our hiring cycle. Visit the National Testing Network to identify a testing center near you and register to take the test.
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
Based on the candidates’ FireTEAM scores, SMFR will invite several hundred candidates to apply. Applications will be due no later than 03/31/2020.
Approximately 150 candidates will be invited to participate in the Oral Board process in May 2020. This is strictly an approximation and the actual number will vary based on the number of successful candidates in Step #3.
YES, Retirees have been approved with complimentary access to SMFR EAP benefits. Click on the “Peer Support & EAP Benefits” link for information on accessing this benefit.
YES, Retirees have also been approved with complimentary access to "SMFR PEER Support Members” at any time. Click on the “Peer Support & EAP Benefits” link for information on accessing this benefit.
YES, there is a web link for existing Retirees and future retirees that provides comprehensive list to “Health Care Options”. Click on the “Health Care Options” link on the Retiree We Portal for information on accessing this list.
YES, retirees can access this information by clicking on the “Pension & Investment Options” link on the website.
YES, retirees can access this information by clicking on the “Social Security Benefits” link on the website
YES, retirees can access this information by clicking on the “Retiree Uniform Protocol” link on the website.
YES, retirees can access and submit a request to be a member of the “South Metro Fire Retiree Facebook Page”
At the present, there is no benefit for access to the Wellness Center. This will be evaluated in the future.
YES, this event will continue in the near future and retirees will be notified once it resumes.
YES, this will be provided upon retirement through the newly created retirement checklist. Employees will be required to provide their existing ID Badge in exchange for the Retiree ID Badge.
At the present, there is not a system to provide this securely. However, you can reach out to the specific station via phone or contact the On-Duty BC’s.