Entry Level Firefighter Paramedic Minimum Qualifications

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Candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications in order to be eligible to test for Lateral entry paramedic firefighter.

  • Be at least 18 years of age by date of hire
  • Have a high school diploma or GED Certificate
  • Successfully complete the Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT).
  • Maintain a valid FireTEAM score using National Testing Network (NTN). **
  • You must be by the date of hire a US citizen, permanent resident alien, temporary resident alien, applicant for temporary resident status, refugee or asylee. All applicants that are offered employment must provide documents to establish their identity and employment eligibility for authorization to work in the U.S.
  • You must be in appropriate physical condition and meet medical standards as established by the City of Colorado Springs Fire Department
  • Have or be able to obtain a valid Colorado driver's license
  • 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). For more information, please read the NREMT's Criminal Policy
  • You must have and maintain a current National Registry EMT – Paramedic Certificate or a Colorado EMT – Paramedic Certificate. If you have only a National Registry EMT Paramedic, you must obtain a valid Colorado EMT certification card, within 30 days of receiving a final offer of employment.
  • Current Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certification

*Only a CPAT licensed by the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) will be accepted.  The Colorado Springs Fire Department requires candidates to have a valid CPAT at the time of testing (see specific date on specific hiring postings and communications).  View the National Testing Network's list of CPAT Organizations to find one near you.

** A FireTEAM score is deemed valid by NTN.  Scores are determined with the following minimum and weighted scores. 



Human Relations

No minimum score

Mechanical Aptitude

No minimum score


Minimum score of 70% -
marked as pass/fail


Minimum score of 70% -
marked as pass/fail

Total Score

Weighted score of Human Relations (70%) and Mechanical (30%)