What are the minimum qualifications to become a Portland Firefighter?
- 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 with the State of Oregon Health Division before an offer of employment can be made. For Oregon State EMS reciprocity information click here.
Which application should I complete, the Trainee or EMT/Paramedic?
The Firefighter Trainee application is for those candidates who have little to no fire experience. No EMT certification is required to apply for Firefighter Trainee. The Firefighter EMT/Paramedic application is for those candidates who have a minimum of EMT certification. This certification does not need to be from Oregon to apply. However, a minimum of Oregon state certification will be required at the time of job offer. For Oregon reciprocity information click here. Firefighter EMT/Paramedic candidates should have some fire experience (paid or volunteer) or an education background in fire science.
Do I need my EMT certifications to take the Firefighter Recruit test?
Yes. You need a minimum of a current EMT certification to take the Firefighter Recuit test. However, it does not need to be an Oregon state EMS certification to take the test. A minimum of Oregon EMT certification will be required at the time of job offer.
Does PF&R accept lateral transfers?
No, if you work for PF&R you will need to go through the testing and training processes.
What is included in the medical evaluation?
PF&R’s doctor follows the NFPA 1582 “Standard on Medical Requirements for Firefighters”.
How many Paramedics do PF&R have on apparatus?
PF&R staffs each engine in the city with one Paramedic and three EMT's. PF&R also has several Truck companies that are staffed with one Paramedic.
How many sworn firefighters are currently employed with PF&R?
As of July 2014, PF&R has approximately 650 sworn firefighters.
What shift schedule does PF&R have?
PF&R firefighters work a 24-hour on and 48-hour off schedule.
How much money do Portland Recruits make?
As of July 1, 2014, a Firefighter Recruit earns about $43,500 per year. A top-step Firefighter earns $78,600 after five years. If you are a paramedic out of training, you will earn an additional 11%.
I have completed and achieved a passing score on the CPAT. Will this count towards the physical agility portion of PF&R’s testing process?
All candidates will need to take and pass PF&R's Physical Agility Test (PAT). PF&R will not accept the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) or any other physical ability test in lieu of the PAT.
What is the benefit and retirement package for PF&R firefighters?
Does PF&R transport patients to local hospitals?
PF&R firefighters do not transport sick and injured residents to local hospitals. Citizens that need emergency care receive initial treatment from PF&R firefighters and are then taken to local hospitals by a private ambulance company.
Contact PF&R's Recruiting Officer Monte Schierling at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 823-3811 with any additional questions.