55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204
PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE ANTICIPATES INITIATING A
NEW APPLICATION PROCESS IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
Candidates with fire experience or an educational background in fire science and who currently have a minimum of an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT) certification are encouraged to apply for Portland Fire & Rescue's (PF&R) Firefighter Recruit (EMT/Paramedic) Program.
If you have little or no firefighting experience and/or do not hold an EMT certification, click here to learn more about the PF&R Firefighter Trainee application process.
Firefighter Recruit candidates begin their journey at Portland Fire by being sworn in and attending a 6 month 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 PF&R 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 approximately two months training on an engine company, then three months with a truck company.
After completing approximately five months of training at Station 2, successful Firefighter Recruits will spend the remainder of their one year probation at fire stations around the City of Portland, where they will undergo independent learning and continuing evaluation.
Firefighter Recruit (EMT/Paramedic) General Qualifications
Firefighter Recruit Salary for Fiscal Year 2014-15
Firefighter Recruit (EMT/Paramedic) Application Process
The City of Portland application process for Firefighter Recruit (EMT/Paramedic) includes a written examination, a physical agility test, an oral interview, a background check, and a medical evaluation. Click here to learn more about the application process.
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.