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Colorado Springs Fire Department 2024 Pay Chart

Firefighter Candidate Minimum Qualifications 

(Subject to Change)

The following minimum qualifications MUST be met to participate in the firefighter selection process:  

  • Be at least 18 years of age by date of hire
  • High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
  • Have or be able to obtain a valid Colorado driver’s license
  • Be able to pass the pre-employment background investigation, medical examination & drug screen, polygraph, and psychological testing
  • Valid FireTEAM test score through the National Testing Network no more than 12 months prior to the testing process deadline
  • Valid Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) no more the 12 months prior to the testing process deadline
  • Have and maintain a current NREMT-Basic OR State of Colorado EMT-Basic Certification or above*
  • You must not have been convicted of a crime that would affect your ability to certify with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). Visit the NREMT website.
  • The City does not sponsor applicants for work visas. If hired, you will be required to provide proof or your eligibility to work in the United States.
  • We do not permit the use of medicinal or recreational marijuana.


The firefighter salary structure for 2024 is:        

Firefighter Trainee (20 week academy monthly pay) $5,220
4th  Class Firefighter $69,384
3rd  Class Firefighter $77,088
2nd Class Firefighter $85,644
1st  Class Firefighter $94,416

*After the first year of probation has been completed, employees who have a Nationally Registered EMT-P may be eligible to take the Paramedic Promotional Examination.

The paramedic salary structure for 2024 is:

Paramedic salaries
3rd   Class Paramedic  $87,276
2nd  Class Paramedic  $96,984
1st   Class Paramedic $107,436



For further information, please contact our Recruiter:

(719) 385-7226 or (719) 323-3078