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Becoming a Firefighter

Fire Applicants:

Entry Application is currently Closed.

Registration in April 2019 with scheduled testing projected for June 2019, with updates to follow.

Information on the application process and qualifications can be found in the Firefighter Informational Booklet

We encourage you to take advantage of additional information on the Denver Fire Recruiting website.

Entry-Level Fire Information:

FireTEAM Candidate Handout

Practice entry-level fire written tests


Denver Fire Department is seeking a Fire Systems Technical Specialist (Radio)    

Application Closed

Complete Job Posting

Informational Booklet Final

Online Technical Questionnaire


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.  

Applicants must meet all of the minimum qualifications. Except as noted herein, any failure to meet one or more of the minimum qualifications will result in your immediate disqualification. Please note that some standards have particular time limits associated with them. If this applies to your situation, you may later become eligible and apply once those time limits have lapsed.If you have already scheduled an appointment and find that you do not meet the minimum qualifications, please contact the Denver Civil Service Commission at (720) 913-3365.

The minimum qualifications for Firefighter have been updated effective December 19,2014. Please see the following link to Commission Rule 3, Qualifications for Original Appointment.  You may also reference the Firefighter Informational Booklet pages 3-15 for in depth explanations



How can you prepare:

It can take from six months to a year to complete all the testing/screening  phases. As a result you can begin to prepare by:  

  • Pre-schedule a ride along or tour with a DFD  Station.  Contact the Operations Division for more information at 720-913-3438.
  • Review the above  Firefighter Informational Booklet and the Study Guide & Practice Test for study material. 
  • Study for the written test.
  • Reference the CPAT section and begin to make physical fitness a way of life. 


Salary:       $55,251.00 (as of January 1, 2018)

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

For this information and more, download the complete  Out-of-State Applicants Brochure


Written Test:
The written test is administered via computer at the Civil Service Commission’s Office. 
Video Test:
 A video test is administered to police applicants upon successful completion of the written test. Fire applicants do not take videotest. This test may take up to 5 hours to complete. Please plan your schedule accordingly. The results are immediate.  You will receive your scores when you leave. Afterwards, the Commission will notify you  if your score is high enough to be invited on for further processing.
Required Number of Trips to  Denver
This will depend on the Testing Calendar and academy start dates; applicants should plan on making 3-4 trips to Denver to complete the testing/screening. For more information and explanation of the Phases, reference the Firefighter Informational Booklet page 17.
  • First trip:  Test Phases 1 through-3
  • Second trip: Test Phases 5 through 9, and will be 3 to 5 days
  • Third trip: Test Phase 11, and will be approximately one day
  • Fourth trip: Medical Evaluation and Fingerprinting, and will be approximately  3 days
How can you prepare:
It can take from six months to a year to complete all the testing/screening  phases. As a result you can begin to prepare by: 
  • Go for a ride a long where you live. 
  • Review the Infromational Documents section for study material. 
  • Study for the written test
  • Reference the CPAT section and begin to make physical fitness a way of life. 

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Cancellation of Entry-Level Firefighter Written Test Appointment
Applicants who are unable to keep their scheduled appointment must contact the Civil Service Commission in advance of their test start time.    To cancel your appointment, please contact (720) 913-3370 or via e-mail at

Cancellation of Suitability or Polygraph Appointments

Applicants who do not cancel their scheduled Suitability Interview or Polygraph appointment in advance and fail to show up for their scheduled appointment may be disqualified, required to wait one year from the date of the written test to re-apply, and will be assessed the following fees:
  • up to $200.00 for non cancellation of the suitability interview
  • up to $200.00 for non cancellation of polygraph appointment

To reschedule your appointment please contact the vendor who you made the appointment with.

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.

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.

Self Review:

  • 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.

Self Review:

  • 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.

Self Review:

  • 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.

Self Review:

  • 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?

Self Review:

  • 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?


Denver Civil Service Commission
Denver Post Building
101 W Colfax Ave 7th Floor
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (720) 913-3370
Fax: (720) 913-3373

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday
7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
All visitors are subject to security screening.

Mailing address:

Denver Civil Service Commission
201 W. Colfax Ave Dept. 1208
Denver, CO 80202 

For questions regarding Firefighting positions, please contact:

Lt. Robbie Turner

Lt. Robbie Turner, Denver Fire Department 
(720) 925-9408




Lt. Tonya Artnerr

Lt. Tonya Kesterson, Denver Fire Department 
(720) 913-9946




Capt. Greg Pixley

Capt. Greg Pixley, Denver Fire Department 
(303) 944-3212





Abby Rainer, CSC Senior HR Professional

Promotional + Exam Development
(720) 913-3380

Susan Billotte

Entry Level and Lateral Fire Testing
(720) 913-3358




For more recruiting information: