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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 who have little to no fire experience are encouraged to apply as Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) Firefighter Trainees.

The Firefighter Trainee application process is designed to give individuals with or without an EMT certification 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.

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 with the State of Oregon Health Division before an offer of employment can be made. For Oregon State EMS reciprocity information click here

Trainee Program Description

Firefighter Trainees 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 certification which is a requirement for the position. For Oregon State EMS reciprocity information click here.

Firefighter Trainees will work with candidates from the Firefighter EMT or Paramedic eligibility list to develop the skills and traits necessary to attain the desired qualifications and characteristics desired to advance through the training program. Minimum of EMT level of certification is required by the time of conditional offer. Out of state or country EMT certification reciprocity for the State of Oregon must be received by Conditional Offer of Employment.

Firefighter Trainee Salary for Fiscal Year 2016-17

  • $13.71 per hour, $28,517 per year for the first 30 days. Then $21.37 per hour, $44,455 per year. After 5 years $29.88 per hour, $80,312 per year.

Firefighter Trainee Application Process
The City of Portland application process for Firefighter Trainee 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.