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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 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. If recruitment is for firefighter/paramedic, ability to become certified as an EMT-P with the State of Oregon Health Authority before an offer of employment. For Oregon State EMS reciprocity information click here
    • Have no criminal conviction that would prevent certification from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

When will Portland Fire & Rescue test again?

Currently, we have not set a date for the next recruitment for entry level firefighter.  Click the following link to be notified when we open a future recruitment. Select the Fire & EMS category.

I am currently on the eligible hire list for Recruitment 2019-00228 and/or Recruitment 2019-01137.  How will I be notified if I am being considered for hire?

Candidates considered for hire will be contacted by the  Recruiting Office via email approximately 3-6 months prior to the start of a fire academy.

On average, how many recruits are in each academy?

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

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.

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 to 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's follow the NFPA 1582 “Standard on Medical Requirements for Firefighters”.

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 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. Full details will be posted on the appropriate job announcement. 

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