What is the timeline for the testing process and the overall hiring process?
The timeline for the testing process is on our Testing and Hiring Calendar. The process from accepting applications to certifiying the hiring list takes approximately 7 months. Please note, that if you do not see information on the Testing and Hiring calendar, then we are not in a testing year.


Timeframe of the testing process (that may change):
Practice Written Dates February - March Timeframe
Practice PAT Dates April Timeframe
Written Test Date May Timeframe
Physical Agility Test Dates May - June Timeframe
Oral Boards August Timeframe

In regards to the Hiring process: We are informed, by the Command Staff, around September or October of the number of firefighters that the District needs to hire, to meet the Districts needs. Once this information is released to Human Resources we begin the background process. This begins with contacting the candidates on our hiring list, by rank. The background process takes approximately 4 months and up to 6 months to process. We conduct our Academy’s usually in March. At this time, we only conduct one (1) academy a year.

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1. What is involved in the Fire Fighter application process?
2. Will there be applications available on the web site to download and send in?
3. When will I get my Applicant number?
4. I made a mistake on my application how can I fix that?
5. Is there an age limit to be a fire fighter?
6. I am 18 yrs of age, but I will not graduate from High School until May – Can I still apply?
7. What is the timeline for the testing process and the overall hiring process?
8. When is the Physical Ability Test (PAT) for Colorado residents?
9. Are we supposed to be sending in any copies of certifications, licenses, etc to the department?
10. Out of State Applicant – I am from out-of-state and want to know how the testing process works.
11. Out of State Applicant – I am from out-of-state; does West Metro accept applications from out-of-state?
12. Out of State Applicant – How many times will I need to come to town?
13. How many people apply?
14. How many get on the hiring list?
15. How many openings are there?
16. Does West Metro hire laterally?
17. Does West Metro Fire have a Volunteer Fire Fighter Program?
18. Definition of Date of Hire:
19. Please explain the two career paths....fire science or paramedic.
20. What are ways to become familiar with the fire service?
21. Are there any advantages in the testing process for veterans?
22. I am going to take the EMT-B class soon, can I still submit an application to West Metro and is there anywhere on the application that I can make a note that I will be taking this class?
23. What does EMT-B certified 30 days prior to date of hire mean?
24. I have found it very difficult to be able to secure EMT courses before the date of hire.
25. Are there any advantages in the testing process for experienced paramedics?
26. Are all West Metro fire fighters required to be paramedics?
27. How often do paramedics have to ride on an ambulance?
28. How long is your academy?
29. Are Recruits/Cadets paid throughout the academy?
30. Are only paramedics paid extra?
31. Recruit / Developing Firefighter Pay Scale.
32. Do you have an official pay scale anywhere?
33. With the 48/96....do you have "Kelly" days or mandatory overtime?
34. What is your retirement co-efficient? I see that firefighters pay in 8% and the city contributes 8%...but when and with what % of your income can you actually retire?
35. In regard to the vaccination records, how or what do I need to do for that?