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All Castle Rock firefighters are trained to a minimum level of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) work. Some have received additional education to obtain Paramedic certification, which allows them to operate under a larger “scope of practice,” administer a greater number of medications, place breathing tubes, etc.
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They are not intended, nor designed, to alert people in houses, businesses or vehicles of tornado warnings. Most outdoor warning systems in place in Colorado today are remnants of the old civil defense siren system.
Outdoor warning systems are expensive. Based on the model that says one siren covers 1 mile, the Town would need a minimum of 33 sirens at a cost of about $35,000 each, or $1.16 million. That amount does not include annual maintenance and fees.
To be prepared in the event of tornadic activity, the Town recommends that each homeowner and business purchase a NOAA weather radio. A good radio costs $25 and $50 and can be purchased at local stores. Some even are portable. These radios will alert you to any severe weather, not just tornadoes.
Residents also can register with a number of free services on the Internet to have severe weather alerts sent to their mobile devices.
These steps will ensure that you get notified of severe weather whether you are at home, work or outdoors. Preparedness begins with the individual, and these are two easy steps to be more prepared.
To become a firefighter with the Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department, you are required to provide a completed Town of Castle Rock employment application; a supplemental CRFD application; cover letter; and resume. You must hold a minimum of current Colorado EMT-Paramedic certification or Colorado EMT certification. Additionally, you must successfully pass the Candidate Physical Ability Test and National Testing Network test prior to applying. The testing process to become a firefighter includes practical job-related tests (fire-based and EMS-based) and peer and Chief’s interview panels. Offers of employment are contingent on successful criminal history check, reference check, fit-for-duty physical, driving record check and previous employer check. CRFD only accepts applications during specified posting times, which are posted on this website. CRFD does not accept applications on an ongoing basis and applications received during non-specified posting times with not be accepted. Please check this website for updates on employment opportunities with CRFD.
The Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department has five fire stations strategically placed geographically throughout the Town. CRFD has five fire trucks/engines and three ambulances to meet current demands. Each of these stations houses a fire truck staffed with at least one paramedic, allowing us to get a paramedic to you as quickly as possible. However, the closest fire truck may be able to get to your house and begin care faster than an ambulance, which is why there is always a paramedic on every apparatus at all times. Some calls require more assistance than others, which is why we send both a fire truck and an ambulance. If there is only a need for an ambulance after the scene has been assessed, the fire truck will go back into service and can then immediately respond to calls again.
The only emergency service for which you will receive a bill from Castle Rock Fire and Rescue is for transportation by one of our ambulances with a paramedic to a local hospital. The Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department responds to many different types of calls, but the only incidents that generate a bill are those for ambulance transports. You will not be billed if you receive care but are not transported by ambulance.
The Castle Rock Fire Department uses a third party vendor for its invoicing services. If you require assistance with your ambulance bill, please contact EMS Billing Solutions at 303-431-6181.
There are 21 to 25 firefighters serving at five stations, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are also Chiefs and administrative staff who work day shifts and respond to calls of larger severity or special circumstances.
A firefighter’s schedule is 48 hours on-duty, followed by 96 hours off-duty. During their shift, they respond to any 911 call in addition to training, station and apparatus up keep and maintenance, as well as other administrative duties. Chiefs and administrative staff work a typical 40-hour work week, in addition to on-call hours and special assignments.
You or your loved ones may choose which hospital you are taken to. The only exceptions to this are if you are having a serious enough medical emergency that we must go to a specialized facility that has the appropriate doctors, staff, and equipment to treat your serious illness or injury. The majority of these specialized facilities are located in close proximity to us. This decision will be made by the paramedics on scene.