§ 9.5.5. Rank and grade upon original appointment and thereafter  


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  • A. A member of the Fire Department shall be a Firefighter 4th Grade from the date of original appointment and until such time as the member has served nine months after completion of the Fire Academy. A member of the Fire Department shall be a Firefighter 3rd Grade if that member has served for more than nine-months after completion of the Fire Academy and less than twenty-one months after the completion of the Fire Academy. A member of the Fire Department shall be a Firefighter 2nd Grade if that member has served for twenty-one months or more after completion of the Fire Academy and less than thirty-three months after the completion of the Fire Academy. A member of the Fire Department shall be a Firefighter 1st Grade if that member has served for thirty-three months or more after completion of the Fire Academy.

    B. Applicants who are employed pursuant to a duly approved intergovernmental agreement, as provided in § 9.3.11(E.)(iii), may be appointed to any rank in the Denver Fire Department, but not higher than the rank of Firefighter 1st Grade.

    C. Applicants who are employed under the terms of Section 9.3.11(E)(i) shall be appointed to Firefighter 4th Grade until such time as that member has successfully completed the Fire Academy, at which time the Manager of Safety, at his or her discretion, may continue the appointment of the member as a Firefighter 4th Grade or may appoint the member based upon merit, experience, or record to:

    (i) The rank of Firefighter 3rd Grade, if that member has less than five years of prior experience;

    (ii) The rank of Firefighter 2nd Grade, if that member has more than five years of prior experience but less than eight years of prior experience; or

    (iii) The rank of Firefighter 1st Grade, if that member has eight or more years of prior experience.

    If the member serves as a Firefighter 3rd Grade or a Firefighter 2nd Grade, the member shall serve a full year at such grade before advancement to the next grade. The member retained or appointed to a grade as described herein shall have no right to seek review of that decision before the Civil Service Commission, Chief of the Fire Department, or the Manager of Safety. Appointments made pursuant to this Section shall be considered original appointments and shall require completion of a full nine-month probationary period after having successfully completed the Fire Academy.

(Charter 1960, C5.47; amended June 3, 1958; amended June 5, 1962; amended September 8, 1964; amended November 2, 1993; amended September 6, 1994; Ord. No. 138-03, § 1, 2-24-03, elec. 5-6-03; Ord. No. 106-05, § 1, elec. 5-3-05; Ord. No. 408-13, § 2, 8-26-13, elec. 11-5-13)