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West Metro Fire Rescue. By: Briana Berzins & Chris Martinez. Type of work. Public Safety Emergency Preparedness Community Education Going to schools to teach children about fire safety Public Service Work Building Inspections Restaurant, Residential Personal Development

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West metro fire rescue

West Metro Fire Rescue

By: Briana Berzins


Chris Martinez

Type of work

Type of work

  • Public Safety

    • Emergency Preparedness

    • Community Education

      • Going to schools to teach children about fire safety

    • Public Service Work

    • Building Inspections

      • Restaurant, Residential

    • Personal Development

    • Station and Apparatus Maintenance

      • Taking care of the trucks

Company mission

Company Mission

The members of the district are committed to providing professional Fire Protection, Emergency Medical Services, Life Safety, and Community Service with a vision that shapes the future.

Doing the Right thing at the right time for the right reasons.



  • Any potential Firefighter must complete the following:

    • Written Exam

    • Physical Ability Test (PAT)

    • PAT Re-Test

    • Oral Boards

    • Score

Written exam

Written Exam

  • Testing will be held at the West Metro Fire Training Center, located at 3535 South Kipling in Lakewood, Colorado 80235.

  • All individuals that have completed a successful application will be notified of there Written Exam test time via email.

  • A VALID PHOTO ID IS REQUIRED.  Be sure to bring this to the Exam. 

  • There are no refunds.

  • Completed tests will be scored and the applicants will be notified of their score on site.

Physical ability test pat

Physical Ability Test (PAT)

  • All Reservations are confirmed via email. NO CHANGES CAN BE MADE.

  • All Applicants have a Transaction ID#.

  • You will NOT be able to continue in the testing process without the following completed Releases and a Valid Photo ID:

    • You will need to bring this Release of Liability form to the PAT (please put your Transaction # on your Release form).

    • You will need to have the Physicians Release form completed by your physician to be able to participate in the PAT

    • Bring a Valid Photo ID.

Oral boards

Oral Boards

  • The oral boards are a structured oral interview. Members of the Oral Board panel are trained by a commercial testing company. 

  • Oral Boards are generally held in August, for 1 to 2 weeks, with the potential of using weekend days.

  • It is recommended that applicants dress in business casual or business attire

  • Applicants will be invited by email

  • Applicants will be assigned a time and date for their interview.

    • There will be NO RESCHEDULING ALLOWED.

    • Late or No-Shows will be disqualified from the process.

Hiring requirements

Hiring Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen 

  • Must be at least 18 years of age

  • High school diploma or GED equivalency certificate

  • Must be able to speak, read, and write the English language

  • State of Colorado EMT-Basic Certification 30 days prior to date of hire

  • Valid CPR Certification 

  • Must have a valid driver’s license

  • Must have Colorado driver’s license within 45 days of date of hire

  • Weight must be in proportion to height

  • Must be insurable by the District’s insurance carrier at normal rate of insurance 

Hiring requirements cont

Hiring Requirements (cont.)

  • Far visual acuity: at least 20 / 30 binocular corrected with contact lenses or glasses; uncorrected shall be at least 20 / 100 binocular for wearers of hard contacts or glasses.) Successful long-term wearers of soft contact lens shall not be subject to the uncorrected criteria 

  • Peripheral vision / visual field performance without correction shall be 140 degrees in the horizontal meridian of each eye 

  • Veteran discharge record, DD214 Form, if applicable 

  • Copy of vaccination records: MMR, Tetanus (TDap), Varicella (chicken pox), and Hepatitis B series 

  • Must be a non-smoker and non-tobacco user at date of hire and thereafter 

Shifts and staffing

Shifts and Staffing

  • West Metro Firefighters work a 48/96 hour shift. Fire fighters work two consecutive 24 hours shifts, followed by 96 hours off. 

  • The 48/96 Schedule has recently gained support among fire departments across the United States because of the many benefits it provides its members. West Metro adopted the schedule in 2007 following a lengthy 2006 study of the pros and cons it might provide the District. West Metro’s experience with the 48/96 includes cost savings on staffing; reduced sick leave; and improved employee morale.



  • Firefighter Pay ScaleAs of December 1, 2010, the annual starting salary range at West Metro Fire Rescue is from $43,398 to $66,766.Firefighter / Paramedic - $72,766

  • Longevity PayAn additional 2%  of the hourly rate will be added to the base pay of each employee starting at the beginning of their fifth (5th), Tenth (10th), fifteenth (15th), twentieth (20), twenty-fourth (24th) years, and  twenty-ninth (29th) years of full-time employment. There is a maximum amount of compensation from longevity which is outlined in the Union Contract.

High school

High School

  • West Metro Fire Rescue offers four presentations for middle and high school students. These programs can be scheduled by completing the Request a Middle or High School Program form. 

    Current programs include:

  • Math in the Fire Service

  • Kitchen Safety & Fire Extinguisher Training

  • Forensics/ Arson Investigation

  • Fire Fighting as a Career

  • All programs are hands-on classroom presentations conducted by a West Metro Firefighter. The presentation will be tailored to your classroom period length. There is no cost for the program.

More information

More Information

  • http://westmetrofire.org/

  • personnel@westmetrofire.org

  • West Metro Fire Rescue433 S. Allison Pkwy.Lakewood, CO 80226Ph: (303) 989-4307



“West Metro Fire Protection District, CO." West Metro Fire Protection District, CO. Web. 27 Apr. 2012. <http://westmetrofire.org/>.

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