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The City of Portland, Oregon

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 EMT-B / Firefighter Paramedic



If you do not hold an EMT certification, click here to learn more about the PF&R Firefighter Trainee application process.

Firefighter candidates begin their journey at Portland Fire by being sworn in and attending a 6 month Firefighter 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 Firefighters will then transfer to Station 2, a working fire station.  At Station 2, Firefighters 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 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 EMT/Paramedic 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 EMT or Paramedic 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 drivers license
  • Ability to pass an in-depth background investigation
  • Ability to pass a medical evaluation
  • Minimum of EMT (basic) level of certification is required by Conditional Offer of Employment. Out of state or country EMT (basic) certification reciprocity for the State of Oregon must be received byConditional Offer of Employment. Proof of a minimum EMT-B (basic) certification will need to be verified prior to being invited to the interview. For Oregon EMS reciprocity information click here

Firefighter EMT or Paramedic Salary for Fiscal Year 2016-17

  • $21.37 per hour, $44,455 per year. After 5 years, $29.88 per hour, $80,312 per year.

Firefighter EMT or Paramedic Application Process
The City of Portland application process for Firefighter (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.