Join Our Team
Welcome to the Arvada Fire recruitment webpage. Whether you are a prospective firefighter, administrative professional, or maintenance specialist and beyond, we’re glad that your search has led you to explore the opportunities our agency offers.
Browse this page to learn more about Arvada Fire, our community, our competitive pay and benefits, and what it takes to be employed here. Questions? We’re happy to answer them and assist you in taking your next big career step. Fill out our form and a member of our recruiting team will contact you.
Our next firefighter hiring cycle is planned for later this fall. Stay tuned for more information.
Arvada Fire maintains eight active fire stations, with a ninth scheduled to open later this summer, throughout approximately 43 square miles in the City of Arvada, the northern portion of the City of Wheat Ridge, and portions of unincorporated Jefferson County.
We have nearly 200 employees who serve approximately 133,000 citizens. We proudly serve our citizens and each other with dedication, integrity, dependability, courage, and respect. Arvada Fire is a special district formed in 1949 and governed by a five-member board of directors elected by voters.
Line personnel work a 48/96 shift schedule which consists of two consecutive 24-hour shifts on-duty followed by four days off. Our members provide the citizens of our district with world-class fire suppression, life safety, and emergency medical services. Additionally, Arvada Fire has the following specialty teams that respond to specific emergencies:
- Hazardous Materials
- Technical Rescue
- Water and Ice Rescue
- Wildland Response
Arvada Fire is internationally accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) and has been awarded a Class 1 Public Protection Classification (PPC) from the Insurance Services Office (ISO). We are one of eight agencies in Colorado and 113 nationally with accreditation and an ISO Class 1 rating.
We’re a progressive agency with a supportive culture, opportunities to shape your career, dedication to responder safety, and an exceptional reputation for medicine, fire tactics, and special operations. We provide our members with first-rate training, Personal Protective Equipment, and cutting-edge technology before, during, and after responses.
Sound like the right environment for you? Start your application to take the next step.
Salary Tier for Firefighter Positions
|2022 Salary Tiers||Firefighter EMT||Firefighter Paramedic|
- Employer-provided medical, dental and vision insurance
- Paid holidays, vacation and sick time
- Defined Benefit and 457 retirement plans with employer match
- Retirement Health Savings account
- Life and disability insurance
- Long-term disability
- Flexible Spending Account
- Employee Assistance Program
Minimum Firefighter Qualifications
- Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination
- High School Diploma or GED
- At least 18 years of age
- Valid current CPAT
- Driver's License with an acceptable driving record
- State of Colorado EMT -OR-
- State of Colorado or National Registry Paramedic Certification
- Must be able to pass a pre-employment background check, criminal history review, medical evaluation (NFPA 1582 Standard), psychological screening, MVR review and drug screen.
Refer to the job description for a full list of required qualifications and responsibilities.
Whether they live within our service area or next door, our personnel enjoy working and living in a desirable location with countless options for adventure. Our district is located as a gateway between the City of Denver and the Rocky Mountains. Major sporting events and concerts within the city as well as destination hiking, skiing and biking opportunities in the mountains are a short drive away.
The City of Arvada is home to more than 117,000 people and our service area includes family-friendly amenities, excellent parks, and a great quality of life. As Colorado’s 7th largest city, Arvada is just nine miles from our state's capital city, Denver, and an easy stop from other Colorado beauties like Golden, Boulder and more.
Arvada Fire is a treasured part of a vibrant community. We enjoy strong working relationships with our law enforcement, business and government partners as well as the citizens we serve.
Our service area has a small-town feel with big opportunities. Arvada is home to thousands of miles of hiking and biking trails in addition to dining and shopping within historic Olde Town Arvada.
Arvada's diverse economic base, highly educated workforce, low crime rate and superb quality of life have helped shape our community into one of the most attractive cities in the Centennial State.
Firefighter Entry Test
Take the FireTEAM exam through the National Testing Network or sign up for the next Colorado FIREfighter Testing Consortium test. The consortium entry test has gone virtual and tests can currently be scheduled for October. If you already applied for a test, you will be notified of your test date and time from IO Solutions after your application has been verified.
2022 Test Dates:
- Test week of July 11, 2022 – application closes June 11, 2022
- Test week of Oct. 10, 2022 - application closes Sept. 10, 2022
Application for each test week will open after the prior application period closes.