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 certification at the time of their Administrative interview. The state of Colorado does not grant reciprocity for EMS providers credentialed in other states. In order to obtain a Colorado EMT certification, an applicant must first obtain a National Registry EMT certification. Applicants will also need to complete a FBI/CBI security check with fingerprints. Applicants should initiate the background check process 12-14 weeks before the Fire Academy begins. Please follow this hyperlink to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s EMS section for specific instructions: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/ems-provider-certification

    For information on obtaining a National Registry certification please follow this hyperlink:


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  • 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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