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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 Citizens' Fire Academy, CPR/AED/First-Aid certification classes, and ride-alongs. 


CPR/AED and First-Aid Classes

The Westminster Fire Department offers American Heart Association CPR/AED and First-Aid classes to the public, Westminster businesses, and Westminster community groups. All courses include adult, child, and infant CPR as well as AED training. The First-Aid module is included every other month, however students seeking CPR/AED only are also able to register for these dates. Interested participants must be at least 12 years of age. Pre-registration for scheduled CPR/AED classes is required. If you would like to schedule for a business or community group, please contact Fire Administration at 303-658-4500.

Fees

Westminster Fire Department CPR and First-Aid fees can be found below.

  • CPR/AED/First-Aid Class - $75 (includes book)
  • CPR/AED Only Class - $65 (includes book)
2024 Course Dates

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  • June 15, 2024 - CPR/AED - 8am - 11am
  • July 20, 2024 - CPR/AED/First-Aid - 8am - 1pm
  • August 17, 2024 - CPR/AED - 8am - 11am
  • September 21, 2024 - CPR/AED/First-Aid - 8am - 1pm
  • October 19, 2024 - CPR/AED - 8am - 11am
  • November 16, 2024 - CPR/AED/First-Aid - 8am - 1pm
  • December 21, 2024 - CPR/AED - 8am - 11am

All courses will be held at the Westminster Public Safety Center at 9110 Yates St. and will begin at 8:00am. CPR/AED classes will be 8am - 11am. and CPR/AED/First-aid classes will be 8am - 1pm.

*Please note that we will need at least 4 students registered in order to proceed with a scheduled course. Any student registered for a course that is cancelled for not meeting the minimum number of students will be given the option to move to a future course or receive a refund of any fees paid.


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. 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 Technician Kelly Ehredt. Applications will be accepted in person at Fire Administration located at 9110 Yates St. or by email to Kelly Ehredt at kehredt@westminsterco.gov.

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.


Citizens' Academy

Please note: the next Fire Citizens' Academy will be held Spring 2025. Keep an eye on our website and social media for more details!

Do you want to learn about all operations of the Westminster Fire Department? If so, check out the Westminster Fire Department Citizens' Academy! Learn about fire and medical response in our community, plus water rescue, vehicle extrication, fire investigations, and more. 

The academy is geared to inform citizens about WFD operations as well as teach residents fire and life safety. 

You do not need to be a Westminster resident in order to apply and participate but preference will be given to residents in the instance that the applications reach capacity. Juveniles 15 years of age and older can apply but must attend the academy with an adult guardian. Please note, this course is simply to gain community knowledge and is not a precursor to a career in fire or emergency services. You must be able to attend at least 80% of the academy, barring emergencies.

If you have additional questions about our citizens' academy, please email Public Information Specialist Emily Peek at epeek@westminsterco.gov.


Flashover Fire Camp

Please note: the next Flashover Fire Camp will be held Summer 2025. Keep an eye on our website and social media for more details!

Flashover Fire Camp is a 2-day camp offered to young women between the ages of 16 and 20. This camp is a free opportunity to connect with female firefighters, learn more about firefighting, and challenge themselves through an array of activities. All gear and food will be provided during the camp. Campers will connect with mentors that will inspire them to achieve their full potential. All participants will have the opportunity to earn a CPR and First-Aid certification at a later date.

The Flashover Fire Camp will be held August 3-4, 2024. 

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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 Fire Administration at 303-658-4500.


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.