Deadline: March 11, 2019
Salary: $22.28 – $31.95 Hourly
Portland Fire & Rescueis seeking Entry Level Firefighters. No firefighting skills, experience, or fire education are required. Entry level firefighter recruits participate in the Firefighter Recruit Training Academy and will learn the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to become a firefighter. Recruits are responsible for participating in on-the-job and self-study training in order to acquire and maintain proficiency needed to perform the tasks of a Firefighter. Major elements of the work include participating in supervised drills and training in firefighting skills. Fire Recruits will be required to have the ability to effectively utilize many types of tools and equipment. Considerable time is spent in maintenance of equipment, apparatus and in routine care of building and grounds. Strenuous physical exertion is usually necessary. Firefighters must have the ability to lift heavy objects and work for prolonged periods in adverse weather conditions. Entry level firefighter recruits will learn firefighting theory so that it may be applied to firefighting tasks. Entry level firefighters will perform work in accordance with well-defined procedures and regulations under supervision. Entry level firefighter recruits are required to successfully complete an intensive training program prior to obtaining a permanent bureau assignment. Firefighters are required to make critical decisions in emergency situations and have the ability to work safely and efficiently in a team or independently. Firefighters are assigned shift work and varying schedules and must demonstrate excellent internal and external customer service delivery, as well as have the ability to work under high-stress conditions. Firefighters must have the ability to successfully interact with multi-cultural populations, act in a courteous, respectful, and professional manner.
Lauded as one of the best places to live in America, Portland is a city with a vibrant downtown, diverse neighborhoods, natural beauty, good schools and friendly people. Home to about 680,000 residents within 145 square miles, Portland maintains deep ties to the Pacific Northwest’s natural beauty. Portland is listed among the top 25 arts destinations in the United States, named one of the best cycling cities in North America, and one of America’s best walking towns. Mount Hood, the Cascade Mountain Range and the renowned Oregon Coast are all just over an hour away. There are 37,000 acres of parks and green spaces within the metropolitan area including the largest urban wilderness in the U.S.: the 5,000-acre Forest Park located within the city limits. Average temperatures range between 34° in winter to 80° in summer and Portland receives 37″ of rain annually, less than Seattle, Houston, Baltimore, Boston and Atlanta.
Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland is committed to offering medical, dental, vision, basic life, and long-term disability coverage that provides quality care, support and value to eligible employees and their family members. Additional benefits such as flexible spending accounts, supplemental life insurance and employee assistance program coverage is available to ensure employees have the appropriate tools to safeguard themselves and their family.
The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:
- Skill in reading, comprehending and applying a variety of fire suppression and prevention materials and information.
- Skill in performing a variety of mechanical operations.
- Skill in learning a wide variety of firefighting duties and methods, as well as skill in the use of firefighting equipment within a reasonable work test period.
- Skill in understanding and following oral and written instructions.
Additionally, applicants must:
- Be 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;
- Possess a valid driver’s license and an acceptable driving record by time of conditional offer of employment; (Details: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/?c=27935&a=12184. Please open link and scroll down to the Motor Vehicle Record Evaluation. Note the type of offenses that will automatically disqualify a candidate.)
- Successfully pass a physical agility test;
- Successfully pass oral interview processes;
- Successfully pass an in-depth background investigation;
- Successfully complete and pass a medical and physical examination prior to appointment;
- Possess a minimum of a valid Oregon EMT-B, or higher certification by the time of conditional offer of employment. An EMT-B IS NOT REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION. An equivalent certification from another state or country must qualify for reciprocity from the State of Oregon. Candidates in possession of a National EMT- B certification or certification from another state or country should contact the State of Oregon Health Division for instructions on how to receive a State of Oregon certification. Proof of a minimum EMT-B certification will be verified at the time of conditional offer. Out of state or out of country EMT-B certification reciprocity for the State of Oregon must be received by the time of conditional offer of employment. Information on how to receive reciprocity can be found online at: https://public.health.oregon.gov/ProviderPartnerResources/EMSTraumaSystems/EMSTrainingCertification/Pages/recip.aspx.
- 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/FC/docs/REV-DenialInfoGuide.pdf(Download PDF reader)
- Be able to meet the State of Oregon EMS licensure requirements. Visit the Oregon Health Authority website for requirements: https://secure.sos.state.or.us/oard/viewSingleRule.action;JSESSIONID_OARD=Ambj62l5cFUuQAcwxwe8aYZAMd6P7gEfEgZqLMFKnUXdayb_hF2J!-1969788327?ruleVrsnRsn=250650
The Recruitment Process
- Online application-supplemental questions (pass/fail)
- FireTeam video-based multiple-choice written test administered by the National Testing Network, consisting of four parts: Human Interaction Test (scored), Mechanical Aptitude test (pass/fail), Math test (pass/fail), Reading Ability test (pass/fail)
- Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) (pass/fail)
- Panel Interview #1 (scored)
- Panel Interview #2 (pass/fail)
The recruitment process will consist of a pass/fail evaluation of supplemental questions. Those candidates passing the supplemental question application review will be eligible to take the FireTeam written examination and submit their scores. Do not attach materials not requested. The written test will consist of questions regarding Human Interaction, Mechanical Aptitude, Math, and Reading. Only those candidates who successfully pass the written test will be placed on an eligible list of candidates moving forward in the process. 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. Additional evaluation will be required prior to establishment of the final eligible list and/or final selections. The Fire Chief and/or selection panel will interview, select and hire candidates from this scored, ranked eligible list.
STEP 1: Apply online between February 25, 2019 – March 11, 2019
The application process will consist of a pass/fail evaluation of supplemental questions. Only candidates who failthe supplemental questions application review will be notified by email, within 72 hours from Human Resources. Candidates who pass the supplemental questions application review will not be notified until after application period ends and are encouraged to schedule their written examination with the National Testing Network. Please schedule the date of your written examination after 72 hours of applying.
** Please read entire announcement before applying **
STEP 2: Schedule, complete, and submit FireTeam written examination scores by April 10, 2019.
The FireTeam written examination will be administered by the National Testing Network (NTN). If you haven’t already taken the test, we recommend you schedule 72 hours after applying. The examination process will consist of a video-based multiple-choice written examination. The video based written test will consist of four components:
- Human Interactions test – Minimum score of 70% – score recorded
- Mechanical test- Minimum score of 60% – marked as pass/fail
- Math test – Minimum score of 75% – marked as pass/fail
- Reading test – Minimum score of 85% – marked as pass/fail
The Work Attitude Questionnaire (WAQ) offered by the National Testing Network is not required and will not be reviewed if submitted.
For candidates that have already completed the FireTeam test with the National Testing Network prior to February 25, 2019, you must log in to your account with the National Testing Network and add ‘Portland Fire & Rescue’ to be considered. Deadline to submit scores is April 10, 2019.
Fee waivers for FireTeam test
A fee is associated with the FireTeam written examination. Applicants may apply for a waiver for the written examination. Waiver requests are confidential and not shared with interviewers. To qualify for the waiver, you must be:
- Receiving unemployment insurance payments, – or –
- Receiving public assistance (Food Stamps, WIC, SNAP, TANF, or other verifiable public assistance programs)
If requesting a waiver, please email John DiGrazia at John.DiGrazia@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 written examination with the National Testing Network. Waiver requests must be made no later than April 3, 2019 and apply only to Portland Fire & Rescue.
Link to FireTeam test through NTN:
** Please read entire announcement before applying **
STEP 3: Successful completion of the Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT)
Candidates must have completed the CPAT and submitted their results by May 17, 2019.
Candidates must have completed the CPAT no more than 12 months prior to the deadline date of May 17, 2019.
Only a CPAT licensed by the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) and the International of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) will be accepted. The CPAT is pass/fail. Candidates have unlimited attempts to pass the CPAT prior to May 17, 2019.
For your convenience, the National Testing Network also administers the CPAT, however applicants can take the test from other companies as long as they are licensed by IAFF and IAFC. It will be the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the CPAT they take is from a licensed company. The CPAT must be completed and results submitted by May 17, 2019.
It is recommended that candidates that who do not already have a valid CPAT certificate wait to schedule their CPAT until after they receive passing results from the FireTeam examination. Candidates will be notified by email if they passed or failed the FireTeam examination.
**For candidates who have already taken the CPAT through NTN, please make sure you add Portland Fire & Rescue so can we access your score. For candidates who have already taken the CPAT from a company other than NTN, please email your copy of your pass certificate to: Irene.Concepcion-Sestric@portlandoregon.gov by May 17, 2019.
Fee waivers for CPAT
A fee is associated with the CPAT. Applicants may apply for a waiver for the written examination. Waiver requests are confidential and not shared with interviewers. To qualify for the waiver, you must be:
- Receiving unemployment insurance payments, or
- Receiving public assistance (Food Stamps, WIC, SNAP, TANF, or other verifiable public assistance programs.
If requesting a waiver, please email John DiGrazia at John.DiGrazia@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 written examination with the National Testing Network. If approved, a waiver number will be assigned to you to apply when registering and scheduling your CPAT. Waiver requests must be made no later than May 2, 2019 and apply only to Portland Fire & Rescue.
Candidates who have successfully passed the CPAT will receive notification by email that they will be moving forward in the process no later than May 24, 2019.
** Please read entire announcement before applying **
STEP 4: Panel Interview #1
Candidates who have successfully passed previous steps and scored in the top 25% (subject to change) will be considered for Panel Interview #1. Candidates must pass the panel interview to move forward in the process.
STEP 5: Panel Interview #2
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). Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the ranked eligible hire list and / or final selection.
Candidates on the eligible hire list who do not have a minimum of a valid EMT-B or Paramedic certificate, by the time of conditional offer of employment, will not be considered for hire.
All completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than March 11, 2019 at 11:59 pm. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.
Veteran’s Preference Information
If you are requesting Veteran’s Preference, attach a copy of your DD214 / DD215 and / or Veteran’s Administration Letter Stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veteran’s Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment you apply for.
Veteran’s Preference documentation must be submitted no later than March 11, 2019 at 11:59 PM.
Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at time of application.
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. If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting accommodation, the requests must be made to the Analyst(s) named below no Later Than the Closing Date of This Announcement.
John DiGrazia, Senior Recruiter, Bureau of Human Resources
Irene Concepcion-Sestric, Recruiter, Portland Fire & Rescue
How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.
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