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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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Entry Level Firefighter Application Process



Entry Level Firefighter Application Process
The City of Portland application process for entry level firefighter 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. 

The recruitment process includes a written examination, a physical agility test, and oral interviews, subject to change.

The Written Exam
The written examination will be administered by the National Testing Network.  Full details will be on the job announcement available February 25, 2019 and ending on March 11, 2019. 

Physical Agility Test
Portland Fire & Rescue will be using the Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) for the upcoming entry level firefighter recruitment.  Full details will be on the job announcement available February 25, 2019 and ending on March 11, 2019. 

The Oral Interviews
Full details regarding oral interviews will be included on the job announcement available February 25, 2019 and ending on March 11, 2019.  

Background Check & Medical Examination
Following the development of the eligible hire list, offers of employment are then made to successful firefighter 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