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.
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.
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?
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 circumstances?
- 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?
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 action accordingly?
- 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?
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?
Download a pdf version of our Denver Firefighter Self Review.