As the largest metropolitan Fire department in Colorado, the Denver Fire Department provides outstanding opportunities for
a career in the fire service. The Department attracts and hires people from varied backgrounds and with varied
experiences. In a typical test cycle, the Denver Civil Service Commission will test well over a thousand Fire applicants
and will actively screen hundreds of those applicants for Denver Fire Academy consideration. The selection process for
Firefighter is very competitive. The Minimum Qualifications and additional screening standards for the position reflect the high standards
demanded of individuals who are entrusted with providing quality, timely and professional emergency services to those who
live in, work in, and visit the City and County of Denver.
Prior to submitting a Firefighter application, an individual should critically assess his or her own background in light
of not only the Minimum Qualifications for the position, but also the additional screening standards that are
Minimum Qualifications: The Civil Service Commission has established a first tier of Minimum Qualifications that a Fire applicant must meet in order to be eligible to test. Those who do
not meet the Minimum Qualifications will be subject to "automatic disqualification." Keep in mind that for some of
the Minimum Qualifications an individual may be eligible to request an Exemption from
Disqualification if the disqualifying behavior in question was prior to age eighteen (18) and it occurred
more than five (5) years ago.
To view the Minimum Qualifications and obtain additional information on the Exemption from Disqualification
for Behavior Prior to Age 18, please go to the Commission’s web site: www.denvergov.org/civilservice. (If you believe you will be subject to
"automatic disqualification" for some behavior prior to age 18, you should submit your request for an exemption from
disqualification prior to submitting your application. If you have questions, call 720-913-3371.)
Additional Screening Standards: The testing and screening process is designed to ensure not only that
applicants meet the Minimum qualifications, but also that the best qualified applicants are considered for hire. As with
any application process, Denver wants to hire applicants that will perform the job of Firefighter efficiently, effectively
Applicants who do not demonstrate maturity, responsible behavior and sound decision making skills will not be considered
for hire. The personal characteristics and values that are deemed essential to performing the duties and
responsibilities of a Firefighter include the following: honesty; integrity; personal ethics; compliance with laws, rules,
regulations and orders; dependability; good judgment; self-control; interpersonal skills; respect for others; respect for
diversity; and teamwork. An applicant’s prior conduct is an indication of whether the applicant possesses these personal
characteristics and values.
COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING SELF-REVIEW
No one expects a Fire applicant to have a "perfect" background. However, your background is required to
reflect the maturity, integrity and judgment appropriate for a Firefighter; otherwise you are not likely to be successful
in the testing/selection process.
- HONESTY, INTEGRITY AND PERSONAL ETHICS
Firefighters are required to demonstrate the highest possible personal integrity through their honesty and ethical
conduct. Firefighters must be truthful. Firefighters need to faithfully perform their duties and always do the right
thing for the right reason.
- Have you demonstrated a history of honesty, integrity and personal ethics in your business and personal life?
- Do you admit to and understand past mistakes?
- Have you refrained from using employment or a position of authority for personal gain?
- Have you accepted responsibility for your actions?
- Are you willing to honestly and fully disclose all requested information regarding your employment history, employment
related discipline, prior applications with other Public Safety entities, driving and criminal records, financial/credit
history, illegal drug use/sales, and alcohol abuse?
- Are you willing to undergo a confidential background investigation? The background investigation will include a
confidential inquiry with both listed and unlisted references as to your character and suitability to become a
Firefighter. Prior employers, military personnel, friends, relatives and other individuals will be contacted to verify
information that you have provided and to verify your suitability.
- COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS, RULES, REGULATIONS AND ORDERS
Firefighters must possess good common sense and must demonstrate through their past behavior that they can analyze a
situation quickly, make sound and responsible decisions and take appropriate action.
The Commission will conduct criminal and motor vehicle records checks. The Commission considers your age at the time of
any offense, the severity of the offense and any fines and/or penalties imposed. Any demonstrated behaviors that exhibit
a pattern of unwillingness to comply with laws, rules, regulations or orders raises serious concerns about your character
and your judgment.
Do not assume that juvenile records are automatically cleared upon becoming an adult. Additionally, accepting a plea
bargain or completing a deferred judgment or sentence does not necessarily clear your criminal record. Please verify your
eligibility prior to submitting a Fire application.
- Is your background free of legal issues?
- Do you obey laws, rules, regulations and orders?
- Do you engage in safe driving practices?
- Do you have outstanding warrants?
- Have you recently received any motor vehicle tickets or has your license been recently suspended?
- Do you have a history of DWAI, or DUI or have you driven without insurance?
- Are you able to follow orders and directives?
- Have you demonstrated risky behavior?
- Have you recently used illegal drugs?
- Have you abused alcohol or prescription medications?
- Have you failed to pay traffic fines or taxes?
- Have you associated with individuals while they are breaking the law?
- DEPENDABILITY, GOOD JUDGMENT, SELF-CONTROL, INTERPERSONAL
Firefighters must demonstrate maturity, good decision making skills, initiative and the ability to follow through on
commitments without constant supervision and detailed instruction. Firefighters must critically analyze options and
determine an appropriate course of action in a given situation. Firefighters must maintain good working relationships and
must be able to interact effectively with the public.
- Have you demonstrated dependability in your work and personal life?
- Have you made good decisions in your work and personal life?
- Have you completed work as required and on schedule?
- Are you fiscally responsible and have you acted responsibly in your financial obligations? Are there mitigating
- Have you demonstrated sound decision making skills and have you exercised self-control and restraint?
- Do you accept responsibility for your past actions and mistakes?
- Have you been able to maintain good work and personal relationships?
- Do you have a history of disciplinary actions in your employment?
- RESPECT FOR OTHERS, RESPECT FOR DIVERSITY, AND
Firefighters must deal effectively with others in a cooperative and courteous manner. Firefighters must be able to work
effectively alone or as a member of a larger team. Firefighters must demonstrate impartiality in dealing with issues of
age, gender, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity, disability, religion and cultural diversity.
- Do you understand the impact of words and behaviors on others and do you modify your behavior, comments or course of
- Do you have concern for the feelings and perspectives of others?
- Do you use tact and diplomacy to achieve goals, resolve disputes, and to diffuse or deescalate conflict?
- Have you been involved in any incidences of domestic violence as the perpetrator?
- Do you have a history of telling racist or sexist jokes or making biased comments?
- Are you able to effectively work as a member of a team, making appropriate contributions and recognizing the
achievement of others?
- PREPARATION FOR THE JOB
Firefighters must be physically and mentally able to perform the essential functions of a Firefighter (with or without
reasonable accommodation). The mental and physical demands of the Fire Academy followed by an extensive probationary
period and rigorous work schedules place heavy demands on those entrusted to serve as a Firefighter. Are you physically
and mentally prepared to become a Firefighter?
- Do you know the detailed duties and responsibilities of a Firefighter?
- Are you currently participating in a physical fitness program?
- Are you prepared to work various shifts, weekends and holidays?
- Have you participated in any Fire department "ride-a-longs"?
- Is your family supportive of your decision to become a Firefighter?
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