Grand Fire Protection District No. 1 is excited to introduce you to our Resident Firefighter Program. The primary intent of the program is to increase resources to meet the growing needs of the Fire District and to provide positive experiences, opportunities and training to young people interested in pursuing a career in the fire service. Resident Firefighters respond to a variety of calls including rescues, structure fires, motor vehicle accidents, and wildland fires.
Click HERE to view our September 13, 2017 SDA Presentation about the Resident Program.
Click HERE to watch our 2017 Resident Firefighter Video.
The program is designed so that a two year commitment should allow the firefighter to achieve a variety of certifications including Colorado (IFSAC) Firefighter 1, Hazmat, Firefighter 2, Driver/ Operator Utility, and a NWCG Firefighter Type 2 and 1. Many other classes are available including water rescue, NWCG classes, and officer development classes. Residents have the opportunity to advance and run auto aid calls with mutual aid agencies.
Resident Firefighters are individuals who are selected to become members of the Volunteer Fire Department and take residency within one of Grand Fire Protection District’s apartments, at one of two stations. The resident firefighter is provided living accommodations and basic utilities at no cost and is expected to fill shifts in return (two 24-hour shifts per week that includes two 8-hour station duty day shifts). Resident firefighters are encouraged to obtain outside employment in the county.
Residents from Grand Fire Protection District have come from all over the country and have been successfully places with many career departments in both rural and urban areas, including Colorado Springs Fire, Falcon Fire, South Adams County Fire, Westcott Fire, Thornton Fire, Lake Dillion Fire Rescue, Castle Rock Fire, Colorado River Fire Rescue, Louisville Fire, North Metro, the Craig Hot Shots, and the US Forest Service.
- Obtaining necessary hands-on experience and training
- Obtaining necessary State (IFSAC) certifications to advance their career
- Alarm response and firefighter duty assignment experience
- Continuing educational opportunities and support
- Opportunity to deploy nationally on wildland assignments
- Uniforms and full protective structural and wildfire personal protective equipment provided
- Private individual apartment with kitchen, bathroom and storage locker in a new complex at no charge
- Opportunity to live in one of Colorado’s favorite recreational areas
- Camaraderie and lifelong friendships
- Assistance in long term career placement
- Must be 18 years of age
- Proper documentation to complete I-9 and be employed in the USA
- High School diploma or GED
- Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record
- Maintain active Volunteer Fire Department status and be in good standing
- A post-offer physical examination and/or drug screen if required
- Pass a CBI or equivalent background
- Pass a physical agility exam
- Provide a minimum of one year commitment to the program, unless otherwise approved by the Fire Chief
- Obtain a Colorado Firefighter I designation within one year
- Obtain CPR and basic first aid certification
For additional information, resident firefighter application, questions or to schedule visits please contact us.