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NOTICE: Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, these programs are on hold until further notice.

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 Fire Academy

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Westminster Fire Department Citizen Academy will be on hold until further notice.

Want to learn about all of the aspects of the Westminster Fire Department? If so, check out the Westminster Fire Department Citizen Academy!  Learn about fire and medical response in our community plus emergency preparedness, water rescue, urban search and rescue, extrication and more. 

Westminster residents are able to participate in this free 13-week virtual course to learn about the wide-range of services WFD provides as well as the logic behind the emergency services system. Each session covers an aspect of the fire department - such as fire prevention, hazardous materials, or fire extinguishers. The course is geared to inform citizens about WFD operations as well as teach residents fire and life safety. 

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and are subject to a background check. Please note that this course is simply to gain community knowledge — it’s not a precursor to a career in fire or emergency services. There is no fee for the course The session is limited to 20 participants and preference is given to Westminster residents. Applications are considered in the order they are received.

For more information contact Public Education Officer Sherrie L. Guerrero at 303-658-4536 or sguerrero@cityofwestminster.us.

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.

Fees

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.