Firefighter - Entry Level

$71,208 - $102,192 yearly
  • City of Hillsboro
  • 150 East Main Street, Hillsboro, OR, USA
  • Jul 01, 2024
Full time Fire & EMS

Job Description

The City of Hillsboro Fire & Rescue Department 
Hillsboro, Oregon, is one of the state's most diverse and dynamic cities, with over 110,000 residents. As Oregon's "high-tech hub," Hillsboro boasts a thriving economy, excellent schools, and abundant green spaces.

Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, with an annual budget of $32.4 million, employs 136 personnel, including 124 sworn members. We provide exceptional emergency services, fire prevention, and community education across five strategically located stations within a 24.25 square mile area. Our commitment is to providing professionalism and excellence in every aspect of the services we provide.

Position Overview
Hillsboro Fire & Rescue is creating an eligibility list for expected full-time vacancies for Firefighter EMT and Firefighter Paramedic, with placements beginning in March 2025. This list will be valid for one year from the closing date or until exhausted.

As a Firefighter EMT or Firefighter Paramedic, you will respond to emergency calls to provide fire suppression, rescue, and emergency medical services. You will also be responsible for maintaining fire stations, equipment, and apparatus, and participating in drills, training, and community outreach events. Duties include operating a variety of firefighting and medical equipment, participating in hazardous material incident response, assisting in fire prevention activities, and ensuring accurate documentation of incidents and patient care.

  • Firefighter EMT: $71,208.00 - $102,192.00 Annually
  • Firefighter Paramedic Incentive Pay:   13%
  • Starting Pay for those who are PERS/OPSRP eligible is $75,468.00.  Those who are not PERS/OPSRP eligible at start of employment will have their salary increased once eligibility is earned.  

Application Process

Step 1
Sign Up: Register at National Testing Network. Select Firefighter Jobs and Hillsboro Fire and Rescue.
Step 2
Written Exam: Schedule and complete the FireTEAM exam via the National Testing Network.
Step 3
Physical Abilities Test: Complete the Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT).
Step 4
Follow the standard application on the City of Hillsboro’s Career Opportunities page.

Tentative Recruitment Timeline*

Application open: July 1, 2024
Application closes: September 15, 2024 (11:59 p.m. PST)
Application reviews complete:   October 4, 2024
First Round (Spark Hire One Way Video) Interviews: October 14 - 17, 2024
Second Round (Virtual) Interviews:     November 4 - 7, 2024
Final Round (In Person) Interviews (with Chiefs):
December 2 - 5, 2024
Selection and Offer:     December 9-13, 2024
Firefighter Academy 25-1: March 10, 2025

 *This schedule is subject to change based on City of Hillsboro needs.
Required Attachments

  1. Resume and Cover Letter
  2. Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) results must be within one year (September 15, 2023 - September 15, 2024) of the application closing date.
  3. EMT License (State of Oregon or National Registry) or higher. Must be submitted by September 15, 2024.

General Statement of Duties 

  • Respond to emergency calls to provide fire suppression, rescue, emergency medical services
  • Support of fire prevention duties as assigned
  • Maintenance of fire stations, equipment, and apparatus
  • Participation in drills and training activities
  • Active involvement in community outreach events as scheduled

For more details, please click on this link for job classification description:  Firefighter

Acceptable Experience and Training

Minimum Requirements 

  • Be at least 18 years of age by the date of appointment
  • Be in good physical health as determined by a medical examination

Acceptable Education and License/Certification

  • High school diploma or equivalent, AND
  • State or State of Oregon Emergency Medical Technician license or higher, or a National Registry of EMT's Emergency Medical Technician certification and ability to obtain Oregon reciprocity within three months of hire
  • Valid driver’s license and safe driving record 


  • EMT Paramedic preference will be applied in the process
  • Qualifying veterans and disabled veterans may obtain preference by submitting approved documentation with their application 
Veterans’ Preference
Qualifying veterans and disabled veterans may obtain preference by submitting as verification of eligibility a copy of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214 or 215) or a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs indicating receipt of a non-service-connected pension. Disabled veterans must also submit a copy of their veteran's disability preference letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs unless the information is included in the DD Form 214 or 215. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted with your application in order to receive consideration.
Bilingual incentive pay available
Preference may be given to candidates who are bilingual in Spanish/English.
Employees who can demonstrate the ability to speak Spanish, or any language spoken by over ten percent (10%) of City residents as documented by the most recent U.S. Census, at a proficiency level determined by a fluency test administered by the City, will receive a monthly premium of three percent (3%) of their regular base pay.

Additional Information

Diversity Commitment
Hiring a workforce reflecting the diverse community we serve is essential to delivering exceptional City services and programs. The City of Hillsboro is committed to creating and supporting an inclusive and welcoming environment for all employees to thrive. We value, respect, and empower employees as unique individuals with authentic voices and diverse ideas.

Recruitment Information Sessions – Virtual Open House
Hillsboro Fire & Rescue will host three one-hour virtual open houses on the following dates to share information about the department, recruitment process, and firefighting careers. Please visit the Hillsboro Fire & Rescue Recruitment website at access the session links.

  • July 16, 2024 - 5:30 pm
  • August 14, 2024 - 5:30 pm
  • September 4, 2024 - 5:30 pm