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Lateral Firefighter, Portland Fire & Rescue, OR

Company: NTN
Location: Salem
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:

Portland Fire & Rescue is seeking qualified and experienced firefighters to join the largest fire and emergency services provider in Oregon!

Eligible candidates for hire will have a minimum of 2 years of current and continuous experience as a full time /career firefighter with no separation time or break in service at time of application. (Volunteer, sleeper/resident, paid on-call, or seasonal does not apply to lateral firefighter recruitment) All requirements listed below.

Newly hired lateral firefighters for Portland Fire & Rescue will be required to successfully complete a condensed fire academy and complete 12 months as a probationary firefighter.

The City of Portland will offer qualified firefighters a language premium if they are multilingual and meet the qualification process.

About the 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: earthquake, flood, 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.

Work Schedule, Pay rate and Accruals:
Portland Fire and Rescue will be entering into a trial shift schedule (1-3-2-3) for members assigned to Emergency Operations. The trial shift schedule consists of one 24-hour shift on followed by 72 hours off, then 48 hours on, followed by 72 hours off. The trial schedule will be in effect from March 3rd 2022 through January 5th 2023.

Entry rate of pay for lateral firefighter shall be based on the number of years paid firefighting experience with a fire agency outside of PF&R. Entry rate compensation for lateral firefighters shall be as follows:

2 years of experience - $75,714 Vacation hours 120.12
3 years of experience - $82,020 Vacation hours 124.02
4+ years of experience - $87,473 Vacation hours 128.18
Vacation hours to be credited at time of hire

Wage rates will increase to the next step on the anniversary date of hire.

Vacation hours are capped at 128.18 regardless of years of experience.

City of Portland Compensation Schedule: compplandownload-07-01-2021_0.pdf ( (Download PDF reader)

Benefits Information:
Health and Financial Benefits -
Article 5 FPDR One Benefits -
For questions regarding benefits and retirement information, please email

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 -

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 has 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'll be following 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. You'll always be there to lead bureau personnel in furthering PF&R's five-year equity action plan.

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, 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 yourself at 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.
To Qualify
The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:
(All documents must be valid and submitted at time of application)

Minimum of 2 years of current and continuous experience as a full time /career firefighter with no separation time or break in service at time of application. Volunteer, sleeper/resident, paid on-call, or seasonal does not apply to lateral firefighter recruitment.
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Firefighter I and II or equivalent
Hazardous Material Awareness / Operations
Wildland Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2)
Valid EMT-Basic or EMT-Paramedic
Valid Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT)
Statement of Personal History
Driving Record (minimum of 5 years)
Applicants must also possess:
Proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 by time of hire or approved exception prior to official offer of employment.
Possess a valid drivers license and an acceptable driving record by time of conditional offer of employment.
The Recruitment Process

The recruitment process will consist of a pass/fail evaluation of supplemental questions, and a review of all required certifications and documents. Candidates passing all steps will be placed on a ranked eligible list, and candidates must pass each step prior to moving to the next step. Do not attach materials not requested. You 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.

Recruitment Phases:
(Before applying, it is strongly recommended you review list of required certifications/documents and prepare them before you start application process in NEOGOV)
Step 1 : Apply online, attach all required documents, and successfully complete supplemental questions at the time of application. (Pass/Fail)Required valid documents include:
NFPA Firefighter I or equivalent
NFPA Firefighter II or equivalent
Hazardous Material Awareness / Operations
Wildland FFT2
EMT-Basic or EMT-Paramedic (regardless of state - proof of Oregon reciprocity required prior of offer of employment) Oregon Health Authority : Oregon Reciprocity : EMS Provider Licensure : State of Oregon
Proof of successful completion of the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). An acceptable CPAT must be completed between January 10, 2021 and time of application. Applicants may use any licensed agency for the CPAT. It is the applicants responsibility to ensure the CPAT agency used is licensed by the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) and International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC.) To schedule with the National Testing Network: CPAT Testing - Firefighter Jobs - National Testing Network
Statement of Personal History (See details below)
Driving Record (minimum of 5 years) Oregon Department of Transportation : Available DMV Records & Fees : Oregon Driver & Motor Vehicle Services : State of Oregon
Step 2: Interview #1-Recorded Video/Virtual (Scored)
Step 3: Interview #2-Live/Virtual (Pass/Fail)

Additional Reference Information for Required Certifications & Documents

EMT-Basic or EMT-Paramedic Certification:
Proof of valid EMT-Basic or EMT-Paramedic, regardless of state, is required at time of application. Proof of Oregon reciprocity required prior of offer of employment. Eligible candidates will be expected to maintain paramedic for 5 years from date of hire. Click the following link for reciprocity information. Oregon Health Authority : Oregon Reciprocity : EMS Provider Licensure : State of Oregon

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT):
Must be completed on or after January 10, 2021 and proof by time of application. Click the following to schedule CPAT Testing - Firefighter Jobs - National Testing Network

Statement of Personal History:
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.

Statement of Personal History Instructions: (Download PDF reader)

Statement of Personal History Form: (Requires notary) (Download PDF reader)

Driving Record (minimum of 5 years required):
Oregon Department of Transportation : Available DMV Records & Fees : Oregon Driver & Motor Vehicle Services : State of Oregon

Recruitment Timeline:
1/10/22 2/7/22 Submit completed application on city website

Week of 2/14/22 Eligible list (equally ranked)
2/16/22 2/26/22 Interview #1
Week of 2/28/22 Eligible Hire List (ranked)
3/7/22 3/17 Interview #2 (invited in rank order)
March April 2022 Offer of employment
April 28, 2022 Start of Academy
(Timeline is approximate and subject to change without notice)
Placement on the eligible hire list does not guarantee an interview or continuation in the selection process. Applicants on eligible hire list will be invited to interview #2 in ranked order based on hiring needs. Eligibility hire list will remain valid for one year and may be extended at the discretion of the Fire Chief. The Fire Chief and /or selection panel will interview, select, and hire from the scored and ranked eligible hire list.

Candidate communication is via email during the application and recruitment process. E-mails from City of Portland and/or may be directed to your junk or spam email folders. We highly encourage placing emails from the City of Portland or in a safe domain list to ensure timely notifications.
Additional Information
Work Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.

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 11:59 PM on the closing date 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 skill 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:

To aid you in the application process, an informational video will be posted here by January 14, 2022.

Questions about the application process?
John DiGrazia, Senior Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources
(503) 758-2030

Questions about job, training, and timeline specific questions?
Lt. Irene Concepcion-Sestric, Recruiter
Portland Fire & Rescue .
(503) 313-8672
City of Portland
1120 SW 5th Ave, 404

Portland, Oregon, 97204

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