Yessir. Just an FYI, according to numbers I saw in a fire mag recently Denver isn't really interested in medics. Magazine stated 0 P's on the dept. I find that 0 number hard to believe seeing how most other depts are trending towards having more but just figured I would mention it if you are expecting to use those skills or if you really enjoy that aspect of the job. Maybe some DFD guys can chime in hopefully with some specifics, I could be way off.
Not saying it won't help, just saying it will count toward more at other depts- Aurora, Westminster, SM, WM, Littleton.
There is another thread on here from last years testing. Check it out if you want to know what to expect. Good luck!
Edit: Not sure if I get it, but how is a longer waiting period of time for a DUI better for you?
Know that this is a "big city" compared to where I'm from but how many fire calls per year is the average in Denver. And from the city website applications will start in November correct?
Having your medic or any fire certs won't help you at all get on with DFD. They do have some medics on their department who work for other services part time but when working for DFD they are only allowed to function at the Basic level. Denver Paramedics won't be going away any time soon so don't plan on practicing as a paramedic if you get hired by the fire dept.
Denver is an amazing department, good luck to all who apply
Went to Denver's website, says they are not hiring... anyone have a link to where I can sign up or idea when they will open up for registering? Thanks
70k a year, wow
Been waiting for Denver to open up.
And yes DFD is an all Basic department.
I have a friend who is a firefighter in Denver, he says that paramedics are handled by a completely separate organization. So, like guys have said here, it sounds like a paramedic isn't necessary. It can't hurt, but it will go a lot farther at other departments.
I have also been waiting for Denver to open up. My wife's family is in Colorado Springs and she is eager to get back. I have been a reserve firefighter in Tennessee for about 9 months now, I've gotten a lot of training and am working on completing my firefighter 1 cert. I also work as an EMT and have that national cert. I'm still a bit nervous about not having enough qualifications to get hired....(i.e. firefighter 2) I know they SAY you only need a high school diploma, but when a thousand guys apply for 20 positions (or whatever it is this time) they are going to pick the guys with the most credentials.
Anyone know how many they are hiring?
aharris, thank you so much for sharing this!!!
Pretty intense to take a test before you can even apply, I'll have to fly in for that too...any idea how many they are going to be hiring?
I just read everything on their website. It's not as stringent as I thought. The exam that you have to take before you apply basically takes the place of the exam you have to take AFTER you send in an application at other depts. So, if you do well on the exam, they invite you to apply. You send in a CPAT, then if they like what they see, oral interviews are in April. The academy starts in August.
There are two dates to take the exam, one in two weeks and one Dec. 3. You have to sign up and pay, so anyone interested, make sure you do so before the slots are full.
aharris, I'm sure you saw, but they PREFER someone with an EMT-P, so you definitely have a leg up. Good luck!
And as far as how many... I don't think they even know that. Times have been rough in Denver, no layoffs thankfully, but hiring has been scaled way back.
You guys want to make this the official 2011 DFD testing thread or should we start another since this one got off onto South Metro a bit?
Since South Metro prefers paramedics, and chances are, of the hundreds that apply, many will have their paramedics, is it worth applying if I only have my EMT? (And volunteer experience)
I am unfamiliar with these threads, but I think since Metro and Denver are next door, it's OK to discuss both in the same thread.
So....back to Denver...anyone know how many they are hiring? I see that in the past, they hired 24; 8 spots reserved for some cadet class (?). I wonder if they are hiring about that amount now.
Most likely two classes of 24 next year. With another 2 in 2013.
What other questions about Denver fire?
how is the overall process? is denver good with out of towners? and do they hire out of towners or do they like to take the locals?
Registration for 1400 testing slots filled up in 10 mins. Wow!!
Walk-ins still welcome. For info and to sign up go here.
Good luck to everyone testing.
I didn't know there was a limit. I should have skipped class this morning!
What time do you think I should show up if I want to "walk-in"?
I would get their before 6 for sure and make sure you are at the right door. Per the website "The Webb building located at 201 W. Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80202 does not open to the public until 7:00 a.m. however, “walk-in” applicants are not prohibited from arriving earlier. Due to the competitive nature of Fire/Police Testing, “walk-in” applicants who arrive prior to 7:00 a.m. must line up at the Court Place entrance of the Webb building (between 14th St. and 15th St.)."
Hope this helps and keep in mind my experience was from 4 years ago so things might have changed (the info from their site is current though), but I figured since you were out of town I would give you a heads up.
Best of luck!
See post above for advice for walkins. Also look for days that would be most likely to have people no show: snow days are good ones but not a sure thing (remember it's Colorado and most people are used to the white stuff but it could delay those flying/driving in), day after valentines, monday after Superbowl, you get the idea...
Best of luck.