1. Fire
  2. EMS

Hiring Range and Pay Plan 

All positions within the Grand Junction Fire Department (GJFD) have a unique 10-step pay plan, with each progressive step amounting to an additional 3%. The hiring range for each position includes steps 1-5 of the pay plan. 

Firefighter Hiring Range: 

$23.55 - $30.62 hourly (2912 hours) 

$68,577 - $89,165 annually  

Firefighter/Paramedic Hiring Range: 

$27.37 - $34.67 hourly (2912 hours) 

$79,701 - $100,959 annually  

Department Benefits  

  • GJFD now works on a 48/96 schedule  
  • As a growing department, GJFD has many opportunities for career growth, leadership development, and upward mobility  
  • Specialty teams allow employees to explore and expand their interests in technical fields including wildland firefighting, rope, river, and ice rescue, hazardous materials, trench rescue, desert rescue, and SCBA repair   
  • GJFD encourages and supports outside training including coursework at the National Fire Academy and Emergency Management Institute  
  • Defined mentorship programs encourage employees to further their careers, training, and leadership skills through the promotional processes of the department  
  • Fitness facilities at every station  
  • Annual sponsorship positions for paramedic school  
  • City tuition reimbursement program  
  • Department members are eligible to join the IAFF Local 2808 Union  
  • Department members give back to our community through the Grand Junction Firefighters Foundation  
  • Affordable cost of living, no big city hassles, wide open spaces minutes from town  

Health Benefits  

  • Member of Colorado Firefighter Heart and Cancer Benefits Trust
  • GJFD takes pride in our multifaceted cancer-prevention program which protects firefighters throughout their career  
  • Comprehensive health insurance program with wellness credits for participating members 
  • Free or low-cost health clinic services exclusively for City employees and their covered family members  
  • Health savings or flexible spending accounts  
  • Group life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance  
  • Accident and critical illness insurance  
  • Peer Support and First Responder Mental Health Specialist
  • Triad EAP Mental Health and Coaching Services

Retirement Benefits  

  • FPPA Statewide Defined Benefit pension plan includes an 8.5% employer contribution and 11.5% employee contribution. 
  • Optional IRA, 457 Deferred Compensation, and 529 College Savings plans 

Holidays and PTO  

  • 13.846 hours of paid time off accrued per pay period   
  • PTO accrual increases every five years of service and holiday pay is offered