Become a Salem Firefighter

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Four Salem Fire Department employees in uniform

Minimum qualifications

  • United States citizen
  • At least 18 years old
  • High School graduate or GED Certificate
  • Current Oregon EMT paramedic certification or a paramedic student or National Registry certification to qualify for reciprocity
  • Valid driver license

Degree requirements

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

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.

​Lateral firefighter position requirements

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

  • NFPA Firefighter 1 and 2 or equivalent
  • NFPA Operations Level or equivalent
  • NWCG Wildland Firefighter Type 2 (preferred but not required)
  • Physical Agility Test (administered by Salem Fire Department)

​Firefighter selection process

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the EMS skills and interviews will be conducted via Zoom.

Meet minimum requirements

Lateral firefighter/medic:

  1. Online City application
  2. EMS paramedic skills assessment and panel interview (all in one day)
  3. Physical Agility Test (administered by Salem Fire Department) and Fire Chief's interview (all in one day)
  4. Background investigation
  5. Medical and psychological evaluation
  6. Job offer

Entry level firefighter/medic:

  1. Online City application
  2. NTN Test
  3. EMS paramedic skills assessment and panel interview (all in one day)
  4. Physical Agility Test (administered by Salem Fire Department) and Fire Chief's interview (all in one day)
  5. Background investigation
  6. Medical and psychological evaluation
  7. Job offer

Contact us

Gabe BenmoussaDeputy Fire ChiefFire Department
2742 25th ST SE
Salem OR 97302
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