Become a Firefighter

Firefighters fighting a fire with a fire hose

Join our elite team! Firefighters respond to fire alarms, and extinguish fires to protect lives and property. Other duties include administering first aid, rescuing in emergencies, and inspecting buildings to ensure compliance with fire codes. Firefighters may also be assigned to work in support divisions, such as human resources, fire dispatch or community outreach.


Entry Applications

Entry-Level Firefighter:

23-1 Application is closed. Please fill out the Job interest form for future updates on the next application cycle.


The application is closed. Please fill out the Job interest form for future information.    

For more information click on the EMT informational Booklet.

Lateral Firefighter:

This application is closed. If you have applied you will be contacted by the Civil Service regarding next steps. Process and vendor questions contact Civil Service. All other questions contact a recruiter.

Follow us on social media for any and all application and event updates.
Instagram/Twitter: @dfdrecruiting

Recruitment Updates

Our Recruiting Team members are Captain Kathy Johnson and Lieutenant Jesus Rocha.

Entry Level Firefighter Testing has moved to an open application process.  If you are interested in receiving updates about the testing process, please fill out a job interest form.   

If you have questions about the application, please contact Civil Service.  To schedule your NTN fireteam test, please contact NTN directly.  Questions about being a firefighter, what to expect from the process, how your NTN score affects you, or any other general questions please contact a DFD Recruiter.

Application and Testing information will be posted on the Civil Service Commission website

After application schedule an online test at National Testing Network (NTN):

Email questions to and a member from the Recruiting Team will contact you.








Step 1: Self Assessment

Step 2: Job Interest Form

Step 3: Prepare for CPAT Testing

Step 4: Review Job Requirements and Benefits Information

Salary & Benefits

Starting Pay: $60,961 (as of January 1, 2021)

Benefits include:

  • Paid sick leave and vacation
  • Medical and dental insurance
  • Uniforms and most equipment furnished
  • Pension plan

Duties & Responsibilities

Under supervision, firefighters respond to fire alarms as a team, and assist in extinguishing fires to protect lives and property. Other duties include administering first aid, rescuing individuals and animals during emergencies, and inspecting buildings for fire hazards. Firefighters may also be assigned to work in other roles, such as human resources, fire dispatch or community outreach.

The City and County of Denver is an Equal Opportunity Employer. If any applicant or prospective applicant requires reasonable accommodation (per the Americans with Disabilities Act) in order to participate in any examination phase noted herein, the applicant must advise the Commission in advance, in writing, and provide supporting medical documentation. Each request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The submission of a request does not necessarily mean that the request will be granted. More information can be found under Civil Service Commission.

Work Schedule

Typically, firefighters work on average a 48-hour work week. Each firefighter works one day (24 hours) and then has two days (48 hours) off. Every seventh shift, each firefighter is scheduled for an additional day off. Firefighters may also be assigned various other work schedules in accordance with their work assignments.


Recruitment Questions & Scheduling

Contact a Recruiter

For Recruiting questions, please contact us at: 

(Note: when contacting our team please provide your name, email and a daytime phone number)

Capt. Kathy Johnson

Lt. Jesus Rocha

Technician Chris Ferguson



Schedule Testing

For CPAT test dates, information and scheduling please contact:
Lorene Garcia

Entry Level and Lateral Fire Testing
Stephanie Rios

For more information and to register for testing:
101 W. Colfax Ave., 7th Floor
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 720-913-3370
Fax: 720-913-3373
Denver Civil Service Commission

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
All visitors are subject to security screening