The EMS Academy is six weeks, and the Fire Academy, which includes the EMS Academy, is 19 weeks.
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You must be 18 years of age with a high school diploma or equivalent and hold a valid driver’s license. We do not have an age limit for any of our careers and, in fact, we encourage applicants with a variety of life experience to apply.
Yes. Applicants complete two physical ability tests that are intended to mimic functional movements of the job. Click to view our videos of the Firefighter Physical Ability Test and the EMS Physical Ability Test.
The physical ability test is pass or fail, with only one attempt allowed. If you fail the test, you may reapply in the next application period.
Fire Academies are typically held once or twice per year in the Fall and in the Spring. However, frequency can depend on hiring needs.
There is a lot you can do to help you prepare for the application process! First, check out our Hiring Process page. Go on a ride along with our agency and learn as much as you can from the crews currently doing the job you seek. Visit the City of Grand Junction website to learn about our community. Also, follow us on social media where we’ll post pre-hiring events for potential applicants. Ask questions! Reach out to our Training Division or Human Resources team directly, and we’d be happy to visit with you about the process.
Typically, the entire process takes an average of seven (7) months to complete.
As simple as it sounds, read and follow the directions on the application, include as much detailed information as possible, and triple check it before you submit! Many applicants are disqualified due to an incomplete application, so be sure to complete all sections, include all attachments, and answer every question. Communicate your passion for the job and demonstrate that you’ve done your research on the department when completing your cover letter and application. Finally, honesty is the best policy; be yourself, and be truthful.
Yes, we accept National Registry and Colorado EMT certifications. For information on out of state, expired, or upgrading certifications check here.
As a rapidly growing fire department, a position typically becomes available within 6-12 months for candidates deemed eligible for a future position at GJFD.
Yes! Fire Engineer, Fire Captain, and Firefighter Paramedic are positions that our firefighters may aspire to. Our EMTs and Paramedics may become EMS Officers or Firefighter Paramedics.