Firefighter - Entry Level

$65,195 - $93,573 yearly
  • City of Hillsboro
  • 150 East Main Street, Hillsboro, OR, USA
  • Nov 13, 2023
Full time Fire & EMS

Job Description

The City of Hillsboro Fire & Rescue Department 
Hillsboro is one of Oregon’s most diverse and dynamic cities with a steadily growing population of more than 110,000 residents. Hillsboro is the largest city in Washington County, known as the “high-tech hub of Oregon.” With a thriving economy, Hillsboro is home to Oregon’s fourth-largest school district, two higher education campuses, and 28 parks with more than 1,500 acres of designated green spaces.
With an annual budget of $32.4 million, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue employs 136 personnel, of which 124 are sworn. We pride ourselves on providing highly trained staff with state-of-the-art equipment to serve residents, visitors, and businesses. The department provides around-the-clock response to fire and medical emergencies as well as business services and life safety outreach and education. Hillsboro’s five fire stations are strategically located throughout the 24.25 square mile area of the City of Hillsboro. Hillsboro Fire & Rescue is committed to providing professionalism and excellence in every aspect of the services we provide.
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue is creating an eligibility list to fill expected full-time vacancies for Firefighter EMT and Firefighter Paramedic for July 2024.  The eligibility list will remain valid for a period of one year from closing date of posting or until the list has been exhausted.

  •  Firefighter EMT: $65,195.00 - $93,573.00 Annually
  •  Firefighter Paramedic Incentive Pay:   10% 

Application Process

Step 1
Eligible persons who are qualified and interested in applying must sign up at Select Firefighter Jobs under the ‘Find Jobs’ menu link and select Hillsboro Fire and Rescue.
Step 2
Schedule and complete the FireTEAM written exam with the National Testing Network. This test must be completed prior to submitting your application on Step 4.
Step 3
Complete 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 period: October 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023
Application closes: December 31, 2023 (11:59 p.m. PST)
Application reviews complete:   January 2024
First round of interviews: February 12 - 16, 2024
Second round of interviews:     March 11 - 14, 2024
Chief’s interviews: April 8 - 12, 2024
Selection and Offer:     April - May, 2024
Firefighter Academy 2024-1 July 22, 2024

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

  • Resume 
  • Copy of Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) results.  Results must be within 1-year of closing date of this recruitment
  • Copy of State or State of Oregon Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) license or higher and/or copy of National Registry of EMT’s license (if held at time of application)
  • ** Proof of EMT or higher licensure must be submitted on or before March 15, 2024, if not submitted at time of application 

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.
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

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.