Entry Level Firefighter


Jan 25, 2023

Application Deadline:
Jan 25, 2024

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$$61,418 - $94,489 annual

Job Description



Updated: December 05, 2022

*The Aurora Civil Service Commission in Aurora Colorado anticipates building an eligibility list for Aurora Fire Rescue Entry-Level positions. *

To be considered for the hiring process, you must complete the following:

1. Submit an online Aurora Fire Rescue application by the deadline established by the Commission.

You must pass Aurora Civil Service Commission minimum qualifications. A list of minimum qualifications and automatic disqualifications are available here

Note: If the Aurora application period is open, you will find the application here: http://bit.ly/AuroraCSCjobs

If the Aurora application period is closed, fill out a job notification card at [https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/auroracs/jobInterestCards/categories](https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.governmentjobs.com/careers/auroracs/jobInterestCards/categories__;!!IxwSgPkRNrzx!4Ba8Fx-5j6PLw1dFmgswWE25L76bFKWumeOzbQypxUooUgXCdruKuSofgkoq3g0h_Q$) to receive an email when the application is open

2. Complete and successfully pass the Fire Team Exam and PSSA Part 1 through the National testing Network (NTN) by the deadline established by the Commission during open applications. Please ensure that you select Aurora as a department you want your scores sent to when you register with NTN. Scores are valid for 24 months. Candidates are encouraged to complete the exam even when the department applications are closed, so as not to miss the deadline.

*** Out of state applicants are encouraged to apply and will be offered options to accommodate minimal travel.***

Position Information: Aurora Fire Rescue (AFR) is proud to be internationally accredited and maintain an ISO Property Protection Class 1X rating. This is a designation that only three percent of departments in the United States hold. AFR provides Industry-leading fire response and full-service emergency medical services, maintaining medical control of patients until they arrive at the emergency department. AFR has 17 community-based fire stations, with more planned.

The City of Aurora serves a population of over 386,000 residents. Aurora is home to a vibrant business environment, including major industries such as aerospace and defense, renewable energy, bioscience, health care, and transportation and logistics.

Choosing a career as a Firefighter can be one of the most challenging, exciting, and rewarding experiences of your life.

Firefighting is an inherently dangerous occupation. Emergency calls may lead to structure fires, automobile accidents, or life-threatening medical emergencies. AFR Members respond with urgency and professionalism.

Fire Rescue is a very physically demanding profession, including climbing many stairs while fully equipped. Firefighters can carry 80-100 pounds of equipment such as hoses, axes, ladders, chainsaws, and extinguishers to rescue victims and extinguish the fire. Therefore, the Department provides time and equipment during your shift to maintain the expected level of fitness.

Firefighters live one-third of their career in a fire station. Work shifts are 24-hour increments, eight to nine times per month. Firefighters live and sleep in dormitory-style quarters while on duty.

When not out on a call, firefighters must constantly work at keeping the station and equipment in excellent condition. Much of the firefighters' station time is spent doing skills enhancement, maintaining living quarters, the fire station, and the equipment.

Firefighters have numerous promotional opportunities, along with the opportunity to join one of the many elite specialty programs, including the Hazmat team, wildland team, and the technical rescue team. AFR has a reputation for providing excellence in our ongoing training programs for firefighters and officers. Consider this exciting opportunity to join the Aurora Fire Rescue family.

Minimum qualifications are as follows:

  • Must be 18 years of age by the Academy start date
  • Must have valid Driver's License (good driving history)
  • No felony convictions in their criminal history
  • Must have High School Diploma or G.E.D
  • Must be a US Citizen or legal permanent resident

*Candidate Contact Information: * Heather Dearman or Michelle Haines Civil Service Analyst civilservice@auroragov.org

Benefits Information:

Salary: ++Effective January 1++++, ++++2023++ Yearly grade increases – Members advance in grade pay every year · Grade IV - $61,418 · Grade III - $68,032 · Grade II- $75,591 · Grade I - $94,489

Holidays: ++*Effective January 1, 2022 *++

· Holidays – Personnel working 24 hour shifts will be compensated at time and one-half (1½) for hours worked during the legal holidays

Vacation and Sick: ++*Effective January 1, 2022 *++

· Vacation - Five (24-hour) shifts accrued per year (120 hours annually)* · Sick Leave –Six (24-hour) shifts accrued per year (144 hours annually) * *Time is accrued on a 48-hour work schedule. 40 hour (administration) schedule will differ.

Health, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance:

  • The City of Aurora offers contributions to a variety of health insurance plans, including some where the monthly premium is completely covered by the city. Employees have optional dental, vision and life insurance plans available to them. Employees can also add life insurance coverage for their dependents. ** _*Insurance does not take effect until the 1st day of the month following the date of hire. (ex. Hire date of May 5th, insurance effective June 1st)**_
  • After ten years of service, members are vested in the retiree health plan.


  • The city contribution provides death and disability coverage through the Fire & Police Pension Association (FPPA).


  • *Members and the city both contribute 8% bi-weekly into their retirement fund. *
  • IRS qualified tax-exempt retirement plans meeting 401A status can be rolled over when the candidate provides IRS determination letter, subject to approval of the Retirement Board.

Deferred Compensation:

  • Members may tax defer a certain dollar amount of salary annually.


  • Aurora Fire Rescue is focused on training, requiring ongoing in-service training for its members. Programs like tuition reimbursement and job-related sponsored training are offered to encourage constant self-improvement.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 18
  • Education: High school Diploma or G.E.D
  • Experience: N/A

Contact Information

Candidate Support

Aurora, Colorado 80012
phone: 4257410103

How to Apply

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