Qualifications for Applying for Firefighter

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Poudre Fire Authority's current requirements include the following:
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must have a High School Diploma/GED equivalent.
  • Must maintain and have in good standing a valid driver's license.

  • All applicants are required to have an EMT-Basic certification at the time of their Administrative interview. For those individuals that are from another state other than Colorado and possess their National Registry EMT-Basic, they will have to file for reciprocity to receive their Colorado EMT-Basic prior to the beginning of their academy. To file for reciprocity, candidates will have to go through the Colorado Department of Health, Division of Emergency Services. Colorado requires a FBI/CBI security check with fingerprints which may take 6-8 weeks before the reciprocity process is started so applicants should begin the process a minimum of 12-14 weeks before the Fire Academy begins. Review information from the Colorado Department of Health about the reciprocity process [PDF].

  • Candidates must provide proof of successful completion of the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) with a current and valid card at the time of their first interview. The candidate will be responsible for keeping a current CPAT card for the duration of the time he or she is on the final list. 


  • Desired education and work/volunteer experience.
    • College credits
    • Military service-Honorable Discharge or still actively serving
    • Paid or volunteer fire experience
    • Successful work experience
    • and/or experience/certifications in skilled trades

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