Reserve Firefighter Hiring Events

Our recruiting process for our next academy is now closed. Our next hiring process will begin in the Fall of 2017, and will include the following follow the steps. All dates and times will be updated when the process is opened.

Application Due Date
All applications must be received at WSFR Station 1 located at 100 7th Street, Windsor, CO 80550 by the deadline in order to be considered for the current hiring process.  Any applications received after the deadline will be held until the next hiring process.

Information Session
Each candidate is required to attend one Information Session in order to be eligible for the written test.  The information session will provide interested candidates with more details about the WSFR reserve firefighter position.  These details include program requirements, time commitments, growth opportunities, and reserve benefits.  A significant amount of time is also dedicated for questions.  Candidate family members are also encouraged to attend and ask questions.

Written Test
All candidates must attend and take the WSFR written test.  A government issued id will be required in order to participate in the testing process.  WSFR uses FireTEAM for our entry level testing, you do not need to have fire experience to pass the test. The test includes video based human relations and mechanical reasoning in addition to reading and math questions. Candidates should plan for approximately 3 hours to complete the entire testing process. Candidates with a score of 80% or higher will advance in the hiring process.

8 Hour Ride Along
Each candidate is required to complete an 8 hour ride along as an observer.  This activity will provide the candidate with the opportunity to observe the roles and activities of a firefighter. Candidates should dress business casual for public appearance, and bring any food or drinks needed during the ride along. Times and Station locations will be scheduled after the written test.

Panel Interviews
Candidates should come prepared to answer questions asked by a panel consisting of firefighters, officers, and other fire rescue members.  Individual interview dates and times will be scheduled at a later time following the Ride Along.

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) – See details below
WSFR requires all reserve candidates to be in possession or in the process of obtaining a valid CPAT certification. CPAT is a nationally recognized physical test that consists of eight separate events that require you to progress along a predetermined path from event to event in a continuous manner. This test was developed to allow fire departments to obtain pools of trainable candidates who are physically able to perform essential job tasks at fire scenes.

Candidates with a current FF1 certification need to have a valid CPAT certificate by TBD
If you do not have a current CPAT certificate we recommend Aims Community College as a certification testing center. You can obtain more information about the test and testing dates by visiting the Aims web site at Aims CPAT Information

Candidates that will be attending the FF1 academy will need to demonstrate that they are able to complete the CPAT test. You do not need to complete a full CPAT process. Aims Community College has setup dates specific for academy candidates to attempt the CPAT test. You are able to attempt the test multiple times if needed. Our recommendation is to register early so that you have time to make improvements if you are not successful on your first attempt. To register please go to the Aims web site at
More information on this will be shared during the information session.

Offers Presented
Successful candidates will be presented with a verbal offer by telephone.  All offers are contingent upon completion and review of all background checks and screenings.

FF1 Academy Start

Schedule is subject to change, please check back regularly for updates.