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The Westminster Fire Department offers several opportunities to learn more about our department and about overall safety. Some of those programs include our Citizen's Fire Academy, CPR/First Aid certification classes, and ride-alongs. 

Westminster Citizen's Fire Academy

Our next Citizen's Fire Academy will being in spring of 2020. More information about the program will be posted as the dates are finalized. Interested participants can send their inquiries to Sherrie Guerrero at sguerrer@cityofwestminster.us or by phone at 303-658-4536. 

The Westminster Fire Department offers a Citizen's Fire Academy annually. The Citizen's Fire Academy allows citizen's the opportunity to learn about the wide-range of services that the Westminster Fire Department provides as well as the logic behind the emergency services systems. Each session will be themed to cover a different aspect of the fire department. Some of these sessions will include fire prevention, hazardous materials, wildland firefighting, EMS, and many more! The course is geared towards citizens about WFD operations as well as the opportunity to teach residents about fire and life safety as well as an opportunity to attain a CPR certification.

The classes begin in spring and usually run from March through May and convene on Thursday evenings from 6-10 p.m.  Interested applicants must be at least 18 years of age and are subject to a background check. There is no fee for the course unless participants desire a CPR certification, which will be $25 for participants. 

CPR and First Aid Classes

The Westminster Fire Department officers CPR and First Aid classes to citizens and covers adult and infant CPR as well as AED training. Interested participants must be at least 12 years of age or older. Registration for CPR and First Aid classes are required and can be done by contacting Administrative Assistant Amy Goetz by email at agoetz@cityofwestminster.us.


Westminster Fire Department CPR and First Aid fees can be found below. Payment can be made by cash, check, or money order ONLY.

  • CPR/First Aid Class - $55
  • CPR Only Class - $45
  •  Book Fee -$16

***Please note that a book will be available for students to borrow during the class, but if a student should wish to purchase a book they are able to at the above listed price.

Fire Department Ride Along Program

The Westminster Fire Department provides citizens an opportunity to complete a ride along with one of our stations to observe and learn about the array of services that our department provides. Interested participants must be at least 16 years of age or older. Those participating under the age of 18 must provide parent or guardian authorization and must complete the Parental/Guardian Release Form. Ride along applicants can request a minimum of a 4-hour ride up to a maximum of a 12-hour ride with our department.

Approved riders must abide by our dress code and rider guidelines. A ride can be terminated at any time should the station officer or Battalion Chief deem it necessary. All rider applicants must submit their request and application forms through Fire Administration and must give at least two weeks’ notice before the requested ride along date.  If you are interested in completing a ride with the Westminster Fire Department, please download the required forms and submit them to Administrative Assistant Kelly Ehredt. Applications will be accepted in person at Fire Administration located at 9110 Yates St. or by email to Kelly Ehredt at kehredt@cityofwestminster.us.

All Westminster Fire Department rider applicants are subject to approval. If you have any questions or would like more information about the Westminster Fire Department Ride Along Program, please call 303-658-4500.

Fire Extinguisher Training

The Westminster Fire Department offers fire extinguisher training for businesses and citizen groups at no charge. The training involves classroom learning and may involve some live-fire exercises using fire extinguishers. To learn more about extinguishers and to schedule a training, contact Sherrie Guerrero at 303-658-4536.

Building Evacuation Planning and Training

The fire department provides assistance to businesses in planning and conducting evacuation drills. These may be used in the event of fires or other emergencies. If you would like more information about building evacuation planning or if you would like to schedule a training, please contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 303-658-4500.