55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204
THE FIREFIGHTER OPEN RECRUITMENT PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED & APPLICATIONS FOR FIREFIGHTER RECRUIT (EMT-B/PARAMEDIC) ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED.
Candidates with fire experience or an education background in fire science and who currently have a minimum of an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) certification are encouraged to apply for Portland Fire & Rescue's (PF&R) Firefighter Recruit (EMT-B/Paramedic) Program.
If you have little or no firefighting experience and do not hold an EMT-B certification, click here to learn more about becoming a PF&R Firefighter Trainee.
Firefighter Recruit candidates begin their journey at Portland Fire by being sworn in and attending a 16 week Firefighter Recruit Academy. The curriculum includes fireground hydraulics and pump theory, complex hose evolutions and ladder raises, and a more in-depth understanding and application of fireground tools and equipment, including the self-contained breathing apparatus.
Successful Firefighter Recruits will then transfer to Station 2, a working fire station. At Station 2, Firefighter Recruits will learn bureau Emergency Medical Service protocols, practice challenging scenario based evolutions while being available to respond on emergency calls. Under the supervision of training officers and firefighter specialists, the Firefighter Recruits spend three months training on an engine company, then three months with a truck company.
After completing six months of training at Station 2, successful Firefighter Recruits will then be transferred to stations around the City of Portland where they spend another eight weeks of independent learning and continuing evaluation.
Firefighter Recruit (EMT-B/Paramedic) General Qualifications
Firefighter Recruit Salary for Fiscal Year 2013-2014
Firefighter Recruit (EMT-B/Paramedic) Application Process
The City of Portland application process for Firefighter Recruit (EMT-B/Paramedic) includes a written examination, a physical agility test, and an oral interview. Click here to learn more about the application process.
Firefighter Recruit Academy
After Firefighter Recruits (EMT-B/Paramedic) receive an offer of employment and are sworn in, they will join with Firefighter Trainees 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.