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Fire & Rescue

Always Ready, Always There

Phone: 503-823-3700

Fax: 503-823-3710

55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204

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Firefighter Trainee



Candidates with little or no fire service experience are encouraged to apply for Portland Fire & Rescue’s (PF&R) Firefighter Trainee Program. 

If you do have fire service experience and hold a minimum of an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) certification, click here to learn about becoming PF&R Firefighter Recruit (EMT-B/Paramedic).

The Firefighter Trainee Program is designed to give individuals with little or no experience the opportunity to be successful in the Fire Service by receiving hands-on exposure to the requirements of this career. Candidates will receive exposure to the tools of the trade and develop the physical fitness level required of a firefighter.

During this program, Firefighter Trainees work a 40-hour work schedule. Firefighter Trainees will work a 40-hour work schedule as they develop the basic skills to advance to Phase II training which involves more advanced training to further develop a candidate to meet the demands of emergency response, code enforcement and customer service. Candidates who are successful in the recruitment process may be provided opportunities to attain their EMT-B certification which is a requirement for the position.

Firefighter Trainees will work with candidates from the Firefighter Recruit eligibility list to develop the skills and traits necessary to attain the desired qualifications and characteristics desired to advance through the training program. Please note that a minimum of an EMT-B certification is required before beginning the Academy.

Firefighter Trainee General Qualifications

  • At least 18 years of age when job offer is extended
  • Excellent health, free from any mental or physical condition which would interfere with effective performance on the job
  • Possession of a high school diploma or GED
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license
  • Ability to pass an in-depth background investigation
  • Ability to pass a medical evaluation
  • Certification as an EMT-B with the State of Oregon Health Division before an offer of employment can be made

Firefighter Trainee Salary for Fiscal Year 2013-14

  • $12.94 per hour, $2,242.92 per month

Firefighter Trainee Application Process
The City of Portland application process for Firefighter Trainee includes a written examination, a physical agility test, and an oral interview.  Click here to learn more about the application process.

Firefighter Recruit Academy
Firefighter Trainees who successfully complete the initial eight-week training program and achieve their EMT-B certification will be sworn in, join candidates selected as Firefighter Recruits (EMT-B/Paramedics), and enter the Firefighter Recruit Academy.  Click here to learn more about the Academy.

Resources & Additional Information
Click here to access a list of EMT providers, working conditions, grooming standards, and frequently asked questions.