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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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Frequently Asked Questions

 What are the minimum qualifications to apply 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 become certified as an EMT-B with the State of Oregon Health Authority before an offer of employment.  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  $44,455 per year. A top-step Firefighter earns $80,300 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?

As a PF&R Firefighter, you will receive an comprehensive benefits and retirement package. Learn more about benefits here and retirement here

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 Irene Concepcion-Sestric at with any additional questions.