The City of Portland does not take applications in advance of an open recruitment. Applications are only available during the active open recruitment process.
Firefighter Trainee Application Process
The City of Portland application process for Firefighter Trainee consists of multiple phases. The number and order of phases are subject to change without prior notice. For each application process, the examination phases will be listed on the official job announcement. Only those applicants who pass each phase of the examination will be invited to continue in the process. Please note that all testing must be done in person.
The application process includes a written examination, a physical agility test, and an oral interview:
The Written Exam
The written exam is a multiple choice test that is designed to assess your knowledge, skills, and abilities to be a firefighter. There are four components to the written exam. The first is study material provided by PF&R in advance to the multiple choice test. The following three components are general knowledge and no study material is provided; this includes a mechanical aptitude test, math test, and reading ability test. Candidates who score highest on all components of the written exam are invited to subsequent phases of the examination process.
The Oral Interview
Candidates are invited to participate in an oral interview with a panel of Chief Fire Officers. This is the candidates opportunity to sell themselves. The oral interview panel is interested in any education or experience candidates may have, as well as reasons for seeking a career in the Fire Service and with specifically with PF&R. Following this interview, successful Firefighter Trainee candidates will be placed on a hiring list.
Background Check & Medical Examination
Following the development of the hiring (eligible) list, offers of employment are then made to successful Firefighter Trainee candidates with the condition that candidates pass an in-depth background check and comprehensive medical examination. The Chief of the Bureau has final authority to hire candidates.
Additional Information & Questions
For additional information or if you have questions, contact PF&R's Recruiting Officer at 503-823-3811.