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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


When will Portland Fire & Rescue test again?

Click the following link to be notified when we open a future recruitment. Select the Fire & EMS category.

Can I review my panel interview notes?

Portland Fire & Rescue's selection documents are not available for review.

Is there any way to get feedback about my panel interview?

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide individuals with feedback about their interviews.  We will be developing workshops that may focus on interview skills and encourage you to attend the free workshop. 

How many candidates are on the final eligible hire list for Recruitment 2019 - 00228?


Can I get more information regarding the Fire Chief's Interview?

Fire Chief's Interviews will be conducted prior to the start of a Fire Academy and only candidates being considered for that specific academy will be contacted by email. Candidates will only be invited to the Fire Chief's interview in ranked order as vacancies occur. The Fire Chief's selection panel will interview candidates from the final ranked eligible hire list (candidates who have successfully passed all prior evaluation steps). Fire Chief's interview is pass/fail.

How many fire academies does Portland Fire & Rescue anticipate in the next 24 months?

The start of an academy is dependent on vacancies and budget.  The first projected academy will start November 2019.  Dates for future academies have not been determined.  Please check the website frequently for updates. 

On average, how many recruits are in each academy?

Depending on the vacancies, an academy may consist of 8 - 16 recruits, subject to change. 

How will candidates on the final eligible hire list be notified if they are being considered for a Chief's Interview?

The Recruiting Office or Human Resources will contact candidates by email. 

Who do I contact if I need to update any of my personal information; phone, email, address?

Please email 

What type of workshops will Portland Fire & Rescue host?

Workshops being considered are basic mechanical aptitude, firefighter fitness, and interview skills. 

Will I be notified of workshops?

No. Check the website frequently under the Join PF&R tab.

Is there a fee to attend the workshops?

No.  All workshops provided by Portland Fire & Rescue are free to attend.  Registration is required and a link to register will be provided when the workshop is posted on the website.

 What are the minimum qualifications to apply to become a Portland Firefighter?

    • At least 18 years of age at the time of conditional offer of employment 
    • 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 at the time of conditional offer of employment 
    • Possession of a valid driver’s license and in good standing, at the time of conditional offer of employment 
    • 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.

Do I need fire experience or fire education to apply?  


Do I need my Oregon EMT-B at the time of application?

No.  A minimum of an Oregon EMT-B is required at the time of conditional offer of employment.   

Does PF&R have an upper age limit to apply or be hired?


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 February 2019, 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.

What is the salary range for a PF&R firefighter?

As of February 8, 2019, the annual base salary for a firefighter starts at $59,892 and ends at $85,883. 

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?

Yes.  Do not submit CPAT certification until requested. 

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.