FAQ – LFRA/Firefighter Hiring Process

Loveland Fire Rescue Authority (LFRA) was formed by an agreement between the City of Loveland and the Loveland Rural Fire Protection District, to provide fire protection for the City of Loveland and the surrounding area. This service area is approximately 187 square miles and extends west past Drake, north to Carpenter Rd, east into Johnstown, and south to Berthoud. Our funding is split with 80% of our budget being provided by the City of Loveland and 20% by the Loveland Rural Fire Protection District.

 LFRA covers 187 square miles including Johnstown to the east up to the 71-mile marker on Hwy 34 (Sleepy Hollow Park) Estes Park to the West.

 LFRA operates out of (10) ten stations, (7) seven are staffed with a minimum of 3 career personnel each day, (1) one (Airport station) is staffed as needed based on flight schedules with an engineer and our (2) two Canyon stations are staffed by volunteers.

LFRA typically conducts a hiring process once each year- to both hire Firefighters & develop an eligibility list. The decision for when we conduct a process is based on the needs of the organization.

The first step to take if interested in becoming a firefighter with LFRA is to complete the National Testing Network (NTN) FireTEAM assessment and PSSA Part 1 during the application window. Invited candidates will receive a link to complete a department application.

The recruitment process for 2024-2025 will begin in March 2024. The NTN testing window will be from March 5, 2024 – May 6, 2024.

Candidates are required to take the NTN FireTEAM test and the PSSA Part 1 through the National Testing Network (NTN) in order to be invited to apply. Visit the website for more information regarding NTN’s FireTEAM test and the PSSA Part 1.

For specific NTN and/or test related questions, please contact NTN directly at: 855-821-3761 or see NTN’s frequently asked questions.

NTN offers FireTEAM practice tests. To learn more, visit this link.

LFRA currently does not allow lateral transfers for Firefighters.

No, LFRA does not have firefighter/paramedics- LFRA does not provide Advanced Life Support (ALS). ALS and transport is provided by Thompson Valley EMS.

All LFRA operations personnel are required to be certified at the EMT-B level.

This is always an unknown number. Due to various internal and external factors, an exact number cannot be determined for each hiring process.

No, LFRA does not require a polygraph for pre-employment testing.

The base salary for a Step 1 firefighter is $71,153 ($34.21 per hour during academy 40-hour work-week; $24.34 per hour on shift 48/96 schedule). Click here for the 2024 pay plan.

LFRA requires all applicants to be at least 18 years.

All candidates that are selected to move forward after completing a department application will complete up to three rounds of interviews: the self-paced video interview, and two rounds of panel interviews.

LFRA applies a veterans’ preference to all hiring decisions.  In accordance with C.R.S. 8-1-153, former military personnel or their surviving spouse must be verified as a “veteran”, by providing their or the service member’s DD214.  The veterans’ preference does not guarantee the veteran a job.  Positions are filled with the best qualified candidate as determined by LFRA.

The probationary period for the firefighter position is 12 months from date of hire.

LFRA requires a Candidate Physical Ability Test at time of application in order to be considered. One of the post-offer (pre-employment) requirements is a physical assessment conducted by MBI. This assessment was developed based on our firefighter job requirements.

LFRA uses JOBMA self-paced video interviews as the first step in the interviewing process. How does it work? Click here for more information.

For further questions please email the Recruiting Team at LFRAcareers@lfra.org