Become a Salem Firefighter

The links and information below will assist you in applying for a job.

​Apply to become a firefighter

The City is currently accepting applications for Firefighter / Paramedic. You can visit the City of Salem job opportunities site for more information on how to apply.

Minimum job requirements

  • United States citizen
  • At least 18 years old
  • High School graduate or GED Certificate
  • Current Oregon EMT paramedic certification or a paramedic student who is graduating and waiting to take the next Oregon State paramedic test.
  • Valid driver license

​Lateral position requirements

Show current full-time employment by a fire department for a year or more as a paid, career status firefighter.

Certification by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and training as “Firefighter 1” or the equivalent to NFPA Firefighter 1

Out of state applicants

​The Oregon Health Authority may grant an Oregon or provisional paramedic certification if you have a National Registry certification. The Oregon Health Authority’s website has information about these certifications.

Degree requirements

An Associate degree in Paramedic Technology, or equivalent, for paramedic certification on or after July 1, 1999.

​Steps after application is accepted

  • A reading and writing test
  • A physical fitness and skills test
  • A medical physical
  • A vision and hearing test
  • A strict background investigation
  • An oral interview
  • An interview with the Fire Chief