Are there any advantages in the testing process for veterans?
For veterans who qualify, West Metro awards preference points to the applicant's point total in the testing process.

1. Veterans points are 5 points
Five points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a veteran who served:
* During a war; or
* During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or
* For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after
January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or
* During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992; or
* For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during
the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on the date prescribed by Presidential
proclamation or by law as the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or
* In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed
Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada,
Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.

A campaign medal holder or Gulf War veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligibles separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

2. Veterans can receive 10 points for Disability Preference :
Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:
* A veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving
compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Department of
Veterans Affairs but does not qualify as a CP or CPS; or
* A veteran who received a Purple Heart.

You will need to complete the SF-15 Form to receive your 10 points

3. Veterans eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill Funds can qualify under West Metro’s
Apprenticeship Program (JATC).


If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Jo Kraft with the Human Resources Division at (303) 989-4307 ext. 550. For emergencies, please dial 911.

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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?