Volunteer

Application period opens again January 2018.

Join the CCCFPD as a Volunteer Firefighter or Wildland Team Member

The personal rewards and satisfaction received from the fire and rescue service are often beyond description. There is a tremendous sense of accomplishment after knocking down a structure fire or controlling a wildland fire, compassion for accident victims and those in need of emergency medical care, and a strong sense of pride knowing that you have helped your community. Joining the Coal Creek Canyon Fire Protection District (CCCFPD) as a volunteer firefighter is a serious decision and involves a profound commitment. In addition to a desire to help people, you also need courage, dedication, assertiveness, and a willingness to face new challenges. We hope that you are up to the challenge and apply for membership today.

The application period is now closed.  Please look again January 2018.

Membership Requirements

Membership to the CCCFPD is open to anyone who meets the following qualifications:

  • Is between 18 and 60 years old
  • Resides within the District
  • Has a current, valid Colorado Driver’s License
  • Has a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Is in good physical health (e.g., able to lift and carry up to 100 pounds at waist height)

General Membership Benefits

  • Free Training: All firefighting, rescue, and emergency medical training is provided. Learn new skills that will benefit you for the rest of your life.
  • Pension Benefits: Volunteer firefighters with ten or more years of service are eligible to receive a Retirement Pension (the amount is based on length of service).
  • Leadership Skills: Benefit from the opportunities for advancement and leadership responsibilities on the operational and administrative side of the CCCFPD.
  • Social Gatherings: Enjoy socializing with the other CCCFPD members at the annual Firefighter’s Recognition dinner and the summer barbecue picnic.
  • And much more: Be active in your community, meet new neighbors and friends, and learn new areas of Coal Creek Canyon.

Email recruiting@coalcreekcanyonfd.org for the complete CCCFPD Membership Application Packet.

All applicants must pass a Driving Record and Criminal Background check, a Pre-Service Physical Examination (including a drug screen test) by a physician designated and paid for by the CCCFPD.

Trainee Firefighter Requirements

Trainee firefighters have 24 months (2 years) to complete and pass the following initial training requirements:

  • Firefighter I Course and HazMat Operations (approximately 200 hours to complete)
  • First Responder Course (approximately 80 hours to complete)
  • Basic Wildland Firefighter S-130/190 Course (approximately 40 hours to complete)
  • Ambulance ride-along with a designated ambulance service provider (an 8 to 12-hour shift)
  • Qualification on assigned station vehicles and the Ambulance. (This is also ongoing training to verify a member’s proficiency in the driving and operation of these vehicles.)

Active Firefighter Requirements

Upon successful completion of the probationary requirements, members then become active firefighters who must meet the following response and training requirements annually in order to retain their active membership:
Incident Response: Active members must respond to a minimum of 20% of ALL incidents in each calendar year. CCCFPD is summoned to approximately 250 calls a year. About 75% of these calls are medically-related. The average duration of a medical incident is 60 minutes, which includes cleaning, restocking, and refueling the vehicles after each call. Structure and wildland-type fires vary in length. Some fires take several hours to extinguish, while others may take days to get under control.
Training: All members must have a minimum of 36 fire training hours and 12 medical training hours annually. Fire classes cover structure fire, wildland fire, SCBA, and HazMat training. Medical classes cover basic life support skills, CPR, AED, bloodborne pathogens / contaminants, and ambulance training.

Wildland Team Member Requirements

Wildland team members respond to incidents involving wildfires within the District, as well as mutual aid requests to support wildfire suppression efforts in Jefferson, Boulder, Gilpin, Clear Creek & Larimer Counties. Wildland incidents can be large in scale and complexity, and wildland team members are expected to commit to 12 to 24 hour shifts when responding to an incident. All Wildland Team Members must meet the following:

  • Complete a 40+ hour basic training course (S-130/190)
  • Maintain a current American Heart Association (AHA) CPR certification
  • Pass an arduous level physical agility test (pack test) annually. The pack test is a three mile walk carrying a 45 pound pack that must be completed in 45 minutes.
  • Attend an 8-hour wildland refresher course (RT-130) annually
  • Attend an additional 4 hours of relevant in-district training annually

Ongoing in-house training classes are provided as follows:

Fire Training is generally held on the first Saturday of the month at 8 a.m. during the winter (November through April) and on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. during the summer (May through October). This training covers a wide range of topics necessary for dealing with structure fires and motor vehicle accidents.

Station Training is held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. This training helps you become familiar with the trucks, people, and equipment at your assigned station.

EMS (Emergency Medical Service) Training is held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. This training covers a wide variety of topics necessary for performing basic life support (BLS) skills.

Wildland Fire Training is held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. This training covers a wide variety of topics necessary for dealing with wildland fires.

The rewards you get from serving as a volunteer firefighter are immense. Email recruiting@coalcreekcanyonfd.org for a CCCFPD membership application today.

The application period is now closed.  Please look again January 2018.