Firefighter Recruitment

Three Thornton Fire engines with several firefighters working a structure fire. Fire hose pulled from fire engines and ladder extended from truck.
Engine 77 parked in front of home on fire with smoke and flames coming from back of home.

Becoming a City of Thornton Firefighter

Persons interested in becoming a city of Thornton Firefighter must submit an application during the posting period to be considered. Applicants for any recruitment process are required to provide any necessary certifications.

Hiring Process

Currently hiring for "Lateral Firefighter with Paramedic Certification". Please sign up for a Job Alert Subscription to be notified of fire department job postings. 

Estimated Timeline for 2024 Hires:

Hiring Process ComponentDates
Job PostingMay 17 - June 28, 2024 (5:00 PM Mountain Time)
​Application ScreeningOngoing, completed by June 28
​In-person Interviews, potential skills assessmentJuly 8-11, 2024
​CPAT and Paramedic Certifications Due (if applicable)
If not attached at time of application, please submit to
July 7, 2024
Contingent Job Offers Made​Mid July
BackgroundsMid July - Early August
​Final Job Offers MadeEarly August
Start DateMonday, Septemer 9

Pay & Benefits

2024Annual Base PayPay Period Base PayHour Base Pay
Firefighter IV$70,926.80$2,728.01$24.29
Firefighter – Paramedic IV$81,059.20$3,117.73$27.76
Firefighter III$81,059.20$3,117.73$27.76
Firefighter – Paramedic III$91,191.60$3,507.44$31.23
Firefighter II$91,191.60$3,507.44$31.23
Firefighter II - Paramedic$101,324.00$3,897.16$34.70
Firefighter I$101,324.00$3,897.16$34.70
Firefighter - Paramedic I$108,419.60$4,170.07$37.13

Longevity Pay

Each employee shall receive 2% of their annual base pay per year for each five (5) completed years of service. Longevity pay shall be capped at 12% after thirty (30) years of service.  Longevity pay shall be included in the employee's regular paycheck.


Job Descriptions & Qualifications


Fire Service Career Interest Form

The process to become a firefighter or part of the fire service can be confusing and overwhelming at times.  We have recruiters that can help answer any questions you may have and personally guide you through the hiring process.  Please feel free to contact us at any point in your process - we want you to become part of our Fire Family!

Please fill out the Fire Service Career Interest Form and a recruiter will personally contact you.

Fire Service Career Interest Form

TFD Recruiter Career Interest Form QR Code

​Fire Department Ride Along Request

The Thornton Fire Department may consider ride alongs for those interested in a fire service career. Complete the Ride Along Application in its entirety and you will be contacted by a Recruiter.

Ride Along Application

TFD Ride Along Request QR Code