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The Manitou Springs Volunteer Fire Department is built on the motto of “Neighbors Serving Neighbors since 1879,” and being a member is an invaluable way to contribute to your community, as well as having the genuine personal satisfaction from helping others in need. MSVFD provides structural and wildland firefighting, emergency medical, high and low angle rescue, trail rescues, and fire prevention services to the City of Manitou Springs. In addition, MSVFD contributes in many different ways to charities and local events, both in and out the community. MSVFD provides members with Firefighter I and II, Hazardous Materials Operation, Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, Wildland Fire Certifications, and CPR/First Aid. 

Please note that we hold firmly to the requirements listed below, and are unable to make exceptions. If you have any questions, please email Lt. Andrew Winchell:

application requirements:

  • Resident of Manitou Springs

  • 18 years of age or older

  • Physically able to carry out the requirements

  • Possess valid driver’s license

  • Have a reliable mode of transportation

  • Pass a criminal background check

Annual requirements to be in good standing with the dept:

  • Respond to 5% of all calls for service (approximately 60 out of 1200 calls a year)

  • Participate in 50% of all sanctioned events (at least 5 of the 10 annual events)

  • Complete 36 hours of training annually.

  • Additionally, there are several meetings each month. The 1st Tuesday of the month is fire training. The 3rd Tuesday is medical training. The last Tuesday of the month is the department business meeting.

In the first year as a probationary Firefighter, you'll complete the following:

  • Probationary Orientation Curriculum

  • Probationary Firefighter Task Book

  • Firefighter 1/HazMat Operations Class

  • Wildland S-130/190 certification

  • CPR/First Aid certification

volunteer application periods for 2019:

Spring 2019:

  • Applications open: January 25 (available at the fire station)

  • Applications close: February 15

  • Applicant interviews: February March 1-3 (exact dates/times TBD)

  • Probie orientation: March 25 (1800-2200) and 30 (0900-1300)


Fall 2019:

  • Applications open: July 29 (available at the fire station)

  • Applications close: August 2

  • Applicant interviews: August 23-25 (exact dates/times TBD)

  • Probie orientation: September 9 (1800-2200) and 14 (0900-1300)