The recruiting process for the January 2018 Fire Academy is now closed. Our next recruiting process is expected to start in the Spring of 2018. Please see below for an example or our recruiting process.
Submission of Official Application
All applications, whether submitted online or in person must be received no later than the deadline specified below in the timeline. Applications may be completed online or delivered in person/mailed to WSFR Station 1. The address for station one is: 100 N. 7th Street, Windsor Colorado 80550. Applications received after the specified deadline will held over until the next open recruiting process.
Attendance of Information Session
All applicants must attend (1) Information Session in order for their application to be considered. Information session dates and times are specified below in the timeline. The information sessions will provide potential recruits with an overview of the WSFR reserve firefighter program, details of the requirements pertaining to the position and a time for potential recruits to ask any questions they might have. Family members of potential recruits are welcome to attend and ask questions.
Participation in Written Testing
All potential recruits must participate in the WSFR testing process. WSFR uses FireTEAM for our entry level testing. You do not need to have fire experience to effectively navigate this test. The test is video based and includes four sections: human relations, mechanical reasoning, reading and math. Candidates should plan for approximately 3 hours to complete the entire testing process. Candidates who meet or score higher than the minimum requirements, will advance in the recruiting process. Candidates will be notified upon review of test scores if they will be moving on in the recruiting process. A government issued ID will be required in order to participate in the testing process.
Completion of Observational Ride Along
Each candidate is required to complete an 8 hour, observational ride along with an assigned WSFR crew. The ride along will provide the candidate with the opportunity to observe the roles and activities of a firefighter. The ride along will also afford our crews the opportunity to assess the candidates in terms of existing knowledge and skillsets, as well as their potential to integrate into WSFR culture and crew life. Ride along dates, times and Station location will be scheduled after the written test. Attire for the ride along and details pertaining to the ride along will be provided to candidates at the time their ride along is scheduled.
Candidates should come prepared to answer questions that are asked by a panel consisting of firefighters, officers, and other fire rescue members. Individual interview dates and times will be scheduled following the Ride Along.
Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
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 12/16/2017
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 www.aims.edu/academics/fire-science/cpat
More information on this will be shared during the information session.
Candidates who successfully navigate the recruitment process and are determined to meet the standards set forth by WSFR will be presented with a verbal offer. All offers are contingent upon completion and review of a background check and various screenings.
January 2018 Recruiting Process Timeline
August 21st – October 16th: Recruiting process opens. Applications will be accepted through October 16th at 17:00.
October 4th and October 14th: Information Sessions are scheduled for October 4th 18:00-20:00 and October 14th 09:00-10:30. The information sessions will be held at WSFR Station 1, located at 100 N. 7th Street, Windsor, CO 80550.
October 21st: FireTEAM testing will be administered from 9:00-12:00 at WSFR Station 1, located at 100 N. 7th Street Windsor, Colorado 80550.
November 4th-17th: Observational ride alongs will be scheduled during this two-week time frame.
November 27th-29th: Panel interviews will be scheduled during this three-day time frame.
December 4th: Verbal offers are extended.
January 16th: Academy start date
The recruiting process and specified time line are subject to change. It is recommended that interested candidates check the website regularly to determine if changes have occurred.
Please review the Reserve Firefighter Minimum Requirements page.