Entry Level Fire Fighter - Revised 11/21/2022

City of Portland | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 11/07/2022
Description Please read ENTIRE announcement before applying.

Portland Fire & Rescue is seeking Entry Level Firefighters. No firefighting skills, experience, or fire education required. An entry level firefighter will be required to complete twelve (12) months of probation and will learn, demonstrate knowledge, and perform the following duties but not limited to:

  • Various operations and skills required to be proficient on an engine, truck, squad, or other specialty apparatus
  • Skill in performing a variety of mechanical operations
  • Maintenance of equipment, apparatus, buildings, and fire station grounds
  • Perform safely under hazardous and stressful conditions
  • Skill and ability in performing prolonged and arduous work under adverse working conditions on non-emergency and emergency scenes
  • Ability to perform strenuous activity on non-emergency and emergency scenes
  • Skill in understanding and following oral and written instructions
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective, courteous, and tactful working relationships with all employees and the community
  • Skill in evaluating complex emergency situations when not directly supervised

Applicants with a minimum of 2 years of current and continuous experience as a full-time firefighter with no separation time or break in service longer than 30 days at time of application should not apply for the entry level firefighter position. Click here to apply for the lateral firefighter recruitment.

This position is eligible for Language Pay Differential for qualifying employees.

About Portland Fire & Rescue
Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) is the largest fire and emergency services provider in the State of Oregon, serving the city of Portland and the regional metropolitan area. In addition to responding to fire, medical, and other emergency incidents, PF&R is the lead responder for all-natural and human-caused disasters including, earthquakes, floods, and terrorism, and acts as an important safety net for those suffering from homelessness or without support systems. PF&R also provides critical public safety and community health services including fire prevention, community outreach, and public education.

Benefits Information
Health and Financial Benefits | Portland.gov Article 5 FPDR One Benefits | Portland.gov
For questions regarding benefits and retirement information, please email benefits@portlandoregon.gov.

Website Information
Visit the website for updated information and frequently asked questions. We are currently in the process of migrating to our new website. We encourage you to copy and save the following link to access updated information for all recruitments and future career opportunities. Join Portland Fire and Rescue | Portland.gov

City of Portland Core Values:
Anti-racism | Communication | Collaboration | Equity | Transparency | Fiscal Responsibility
These values guide our actions as we serve the community and engage our workforce. To learn more about the City's core values, please click here.

Why Work with Us?
Portland and the metro area have long counted on PF&R to be on the leading edge of emergency response services. When you're on our team, you will be working alongside some of the most trusted public servants in the city. Portland Fire & Rescue is consistently among the highest-rated city bureaus in an annual community survey. When you're a part of Portland Fire & Rescue, you will follow our motto: Always ready, Always there. You'll be ready to help this exceptional bureau continue in its tradition of working together to be the best.

Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The city is a believer in all people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, basic life, and short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply to the City of Portland today.

The City of Portland also participates in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). For more information on the City of Portland's benefits please click here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
As of October 18, 2021, all City employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This is required for all positions at the City of Portland. Proof of being fully vaccinated is required by date of hire. You may request an exception, for health or religious reasons, from getting the COVID-19 vaccine at the time a position is offered.The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:
  • 18 years of age or older at the time of conditional offer of employment.
  • Have a high school diploma, or equivalent at the time of conditional offer of employment.
  • Successfully pass the FireTeam test from the National Testing Network.
  • Successfully pass/submit proof of completion of the Candidate Physical Abilities Test.
  • Have no criminal conviction that would prevent certification from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST). Mandatory convictions for denying or revoking certification of a fire service professional can be found at: https://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/FirePrograms/Pages/Cert-Rev-Denial.aspx
  • Have no criminal conviction that would prevent certification from the Oregon Health Authority.
  • Statement of Personal History (Details below)
Applicants must also possess:
  • Possess a minimum of a valid Oregon EMT, or higher certification, by the time of conditional offer of employment. An EMT IS NOT REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION.
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate or have an approved exception by date of hire.
  • Online application and supplemental questions (pass/fail)
    • Successful completion of the FireTeam test administered by the National Testing Network (must meet minimum scores)
    • Successful completion of the Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT)
    • Attach all required documents. Details below.
  • Panel Interview #1 (scored)
  • Ranked Eligible Hire List Established (top 150 candidates)
  • Chief’s Interview (pass/fail). Candidates will be invited in ranked order and as needed for an upcoming academy.
Candidates must pass each phase prior to moving to the next phase.

Candidates have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. All completed applications for this position must be submitted online no later than the closing date and time of this recruitment. E-mailed and/or faxed applications or required documents will not be accepted.

STEP 1: Apply online between November 7, 2022 – November 30, 2022 (PASS/FAIL)

Required attachments at time of application:
  • Proof of a valid Candidate Physical Abilities Test (completed between November 7, 2021 - December 31, 2022). We encourage you to submit your application once you received your CPAT result. If you completed your CPAT after submitting your application, please send results to Loan.Tran@portlandoregon.gov and Tamela.Ressler@portlandoregon.gov to attach to your application.
  • Statement of Personal History (SPH). Link to instructions and form below.
Successful completion of the FireTeam test no later than November 30, 2022. Test must be valid. Do not attach test results during the application period.

Optional attachments at time of application:
  • Valid EMT or Paramedic license, regardless of the state.
ONLY ATTACH DOCUMENTS REQUESTED. Failure to follow instructions may disqualify an applicant from the process.

Statement of Personal History (SPH) – Notary Required
Read all documents carefully prior to completion and follow instructions. Incomplete, illegible, or non-notarized statements of personal history will disqualify an applicant from the application or recruitment process.

Instructions on how to complete SPH:
https://www.portland.gov/sites/default/files/2022/final-instructions-statement-of-personal-history.pdf. Authorization to release form is not included in the SPH, however, notary is required.

Link to SPH:

FireTeam Test
  • Successfully complete the FireTeam test with the National Testing Network by November 30, 2022 andmeet the minimum passing scores for each category below:
    • Human Relations – 70%
    • Mechanical Aptitude – 65%
    • Math – 75%
    • Reading – 75%
Portland Fire & Rescue recognizes that the National Testing Network does not inform candidates of their test results by percentages. Candidates will be notified by email between December 12-15 if they passed Step 1, which includes meeting the minimum scores for each category. Candidates may contact the senior recruiters or the recruiting officer for questions regarding their scores. Contact information is at the bottom of this announcement.

Candidates who completed the FireTeam test prior to November 7, 2022, will need to log in to their NTN account and add Portland Fire & Rescue. It is the candidate’s responsibility to select Portland Fire & Rescue.

Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT)
  • Successfully complete and submit proof of completion of the Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) no later than December 31, 2022. A successful CPAT completed between November 7, 2021 – December 31, 2022, will be accepted.
Link to FireTeam and CPAT test:

Public Safety Testing - Test Requirements - Firefighter Physical

Only a CPAT licensed by the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) and the International of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) will be accepted.

Candidates who completed the CPAT from a company other than NTN or Public Safety Testing between November 7, 2021 – November 30, 2022, must attach a copy of your certificate at the time of application. Deadline to complete the CPAT is December 31, 2022.

Fee waivers for FireTeam test and the CPAT:
  • A fee is associated with the FireTeam and CPAT tests. Applicants may apply for a waiver for either test.
To qualify for the waiver, you must be:
  • Receiving unemployment insurance payments, receiving public assistance (Food Stamps, WIC, SNAP, TANF, or other verifiable public assistance programs).
If requesting a waiver, please email Loan Tran at Loan.Tran@portlandoregon.gov and Tamela Ressler at Tamela.Ressler@portlandoregon.gov. Supporting documentation for a waiver is not required at time of application or test but may be requested at a future date. If approved, a waiver number will be assigned to you to apply when registering and scheduling your FireTeam or CPAT test. Waiver requests must be made no later than November 21,2022 and apply only to Portland Fire & Rescue.

STEP 2: Panel Interview #1 (SCORED)

Panel Interviews are tentatively scheduled for December 28-31, 2022.

STEP 3: Ranked Eligible List Established

Candidate final score and rank will consist of the following:
  • Combined score of Human Relations and Mechanical Aptitude = 40%
  • Panel Interview #1 score = 60%
Top 150 scores will be placed on the ranked eligible list.

Veteran Preference points will be added if applicable.

Candidates on the ranked eligible hire list who do not have a minimum of a valid EMT, by the time of conditional offer of employment, may be considered for a future academy, by the approval of the Fire Chief or designee. The eligible hire list must be active to be considered for hire. The list will remain active for one (1) year from the date of the eligible hire list and can be abolished or extended at the discretion of the Fire Chief or designee.

Placement on the eligible hire list does not guarantee an interview or continuation in the selection process.

STEP 4: Chief’s Interview (PASS/FAIL)
Candidates will be invited to a Chief’s Interview in ranked order and as needed for an upcoming fire academy.

The Fire Chief's selection panel will interview, select, and hire candidates from the final ranked eligible list (candidates who have successfully passed all prior evaluation steps).

STEP 5: Backgrounds
Candidates who successfully pass the Chiefs Interview will be required to complete and pass the following:
  • Statement of Personal History
  • Possess a driver license and submit a driving record and pass an evaluation by City of Portland Risk Management
  • Submit proof of a valid Oregon EMT (minimum)
  • Pass a reference background
  • Pass a criminal background
  • Successfully complete and pass a pre-employment medical examination prior to hire
Recruitment Timeline - Subject to change:

November 7-30, 2022

Application Period

December 31, 2022

Deadline to complete and submit CPAT. Submit CPAT results to Loan Tran or Tamela Ressler (email information on job announcement)

December 1, 2022 - January 3, 2023

Application Review

December 12, 2022 - January 5, 2023

Candidate Notification

January 12, 2023 - January 15, 2023

Recorded Panel Interviews

January 19, 2023 - January 27, 2023

Interview Scoring Review

Week of January 30, 2023

Develop Eligible List

Week of February 6, 2023

Candidate Notification of Score and Rank


Chiefs Interview (in ranked order and as needed for hire)

The first entry level firefighter academy from this eligible list is projected to start in March/April 2023.

Candidate communication is via email during the application and recruitment process. Emails from the City of Portland and/or governmentjobs.com may be directed to your junk or spam email folders. We highly encourage placing emails from the City of Portland or governmentjobs.com in a safe domain list to ensure timely notifications

Work Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of

Veterans' Preference: If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted no later than the closing date and time of this recruitment.

ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.

Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.

Language Pay Differential: City of Portland employees who speak one or more languages in addition to English, may be eligible to receive a “language pay differential.” This is compensation for qualifying multilingual City employees who use their language skills to assist the community. More about the language pay differential can be found here.

Did you know? The City of Portland offers How to Apply Classes that are free and review best practices for applying to the City. Follow the link for the most recent list of scheduled
dates: https://www.portland.gov/bhr/events.

Questions about the application process?
Loan Tran Polanco, Senior Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources

Tamela Ressler, Senior Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources

Questions about job, training, and timeline-specific questions?
Lt. Irene Concepcion-Sestric, Recruiter Portland Fire & Rescue
Listing Type
Government/Public Agency
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level
Entry Level
Employer Type
Direct Employer
$32.84 - $47.09 Hourly
Salary Type

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