Please explain the two career paths....fire science or paramedic.
Paramedic School: In choosing this selection, the Apprentice will be required to successfully complete a Paramedic program of the department’s choosing, as well as any prerequisites required by the Paramedic program. All costs and time off necessary to meet this requirement will be the responsibility of the department, though no overtime compensation will be paid to the Apprentice for time spent in meeting these requirements.

Members that have attained their Paramedic certification prior to being hired by WMFR may choose this career track, and will be required to complete a West Metro administered Field Internship program, the length of which will be determined by the EMS Division.

Apprentices that choose the Paramedic Career Track will be allowed to also complete the necessary general education coursework required to obtain an Associate’s Degree in Para medicine if they so choose. All costs and time off necessary to meet this requirement will be the responsibility of the department, though no overtime compensation will be paid to the Apprentice for time spent in meeting these requirements.

College Education: The Apprentice will be required to attain an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from a community college of the department’s choosing. All costs and time off necessary to meet this requirement will be the responsibility of the department, though no overtime compensation will be paid to the Apprentice for time spent in meeting these requirements. The courses required to attain this degree will be taken in an on-line format if available, unless otherwise approved by the JATC.

If the Apprentice selects this career path and has attained an Associate’s degree in Fire Science prior to employment with WMFR, the degree will be recognized as having met the intent of this requirement, subject to review by the JATC.

If the Apprentice has any other college degree and selects this career path, they will be required to successfully complete three college level Fire Science courses. Specific courses will be determined by the JATC, and will be taken in an on-line format if available, unless otherwise approved by the JATC. All costs and time off necessary to meet this requirement will be the responsibility of the department, though no overtime compensation will be paid to the Apprentice for time spent in meeting these requirements.

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1. What is involved in the Fire Fighter application process?
2. Will there be applications available on the web site to download and send in?
3. When will I get my Applicant number?
4. I made a mistake on my application how can I fix that?
5. Is there an age limit to be a fire fighter?
6. I am 18 yrs of age, but I will not graduate from High School until May – Can I still apply?
7. What is the timeline for the testing process and the overall hiring process?
8. When is the Physical Ability Test (PAT) for Colorado residents?
9. Are we supposed to be sending in any copies of certifications, licenses, etc to the department?
10. Out of State Applicant – I am from out-of-state and want to know how the testing process works.
11. Out of State Applicant – I am from out-of-state; does West Metro accept applications from out-of-state?
12. Out of State Applicant – How many times will I need to come to town?
13. How many people apply?
14. How many get on the hiring list?
15. How many openings are there?
16. Does West Metro hire laterally?
17. Does West Metro Fire have a Volunteer Fire Fighter Program?
18. Definition of Date of Hire:
19. Please explain the two career paths....fire science or paramedic.
20. What are ways to become familiar with the fire service?
21. Are there any advantages in the testing process for veterans?
22. I am going to take the EMT-B class soon, can I still submit an application to West Metro and is there anywhere on the application that I can make a note that I will be taking this class?
23. What does EMT-B certified 30 days prior to date of hire mean?
24. I have found it very difficult to be able to secure EMT courses before the date of hire.
25. Are there any advantages in the testing process for experienced paramedics?
26. Are all West Metro fire fighters required to be paramedics?
27. How often do paramedics have to ride on an ambulance?
28. How long is your academy?
29. Are Recruits/Cadets paid throughout the academy?
30. Are only paramedics paid extra?
31. Recruit / Developing Firefighter Pay Scale.
32. Do you have an official pay scale anywhere?
33. With the 48/96....do you have "Kelly" days or mandatory overtime?
34. What is your retirement co-efficient? I see that firefighters pay in 8% and the city contributes 8%...but when and with what % of your income can you actually retire?
35. In regard to the vaccination records, how or what do I need to do for that?