Firefighter Applicants: The testing for Firefighter is currently closed. At this time, we anticipate our next application and testing period for the general public to be spring of 2016. We encourage you to take advantage of any programs/services available through the Denver Department of Safety Recruitment Unit.
You may fill out a Recruitment Interest Form to be notified about upcoming testing and events. Please review the following information to verify that you meet the minimum qualifications (see below) required to be a Denver Firefighter or to access materials that will aid you in your test preparation.
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.
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 do not meet a minimum qualification based on your behavior or criminal history occurring both prior to age 18 and more than five years ago, you may be eligible to request an "exemption" from disqualification. (Please see Exemption from Disqualification for Behavior Prior to Age 18.) 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 April 15, 2011. Please see the following link to Commission Rule 3, Qualifications for Original Appointment.
Applicants who are granted an exemption may re-apply when testing slots are available. In some circumstances, particular criminal matters are not eligible for the granting of an exemption. Details regarding the filing of a written request for an exemption, and the eligibility requirements for an exemption are contained in Commission Rule 3. If you have additional questions, please call the Denver Civil Service Commission at (720) 913-3371.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
All visitors to the Webb Building are subject to security screening.
For questions regarding Firefighting positions, please contact:
Greg Pixley, Denver Fire Department
Jeff Wilson, CSC Senior HR Professional