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Career as a Firefighter
Becoming a Firefighter at Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue is the goal of thousands of individuals who’ve considered a career in the fire service. With our commitments to safety, exceptional performance, outstanding service to our communities, and overall professionalism; we’ve created a work environment that is second to none. TVF&R has earned a well-deserved reputation as the fire department of choice for those entering the fire service as well as many who have served in other fire departments.

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Become a Firefighter at TVF&R
The steps in the recruitment, evaluation, and selection process are summarized as follows:

Eligible List
TVF&R offers full service testing services for the positions of firefighter and firefighter paramedic through National Testing Network, Inc. (NTN). Interested individuals may at any time apply and schedule testing via NTN’s website. Testing involves high quality simulation tests in a standardized and fair testing environment. Upon completion of the exam, a candidate’s score is automatically maintained by NTN for the duration of the individual’s eligibility of 12 months.

Selection Process
Once there are declared vacancies and a timeline is set for a recruit academy, a number of individuals from the top of the eligible list are invited to participate in a series of selection steps, including the Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) and chief’s interviews.

Entry-level firefighters are required to have a high school diploma or equivalent and EMT-Basic certification by the time of hire. Successful candidates also have the following:
  • Key characteristics well suited to the philosophy and values of the district, including a strong community and customer-service orientation and high level of professionalism
  • Demonstrated use of good judgment and decision making
  • Excellent physical conditioning
  • An unremarkable criminal background and driving record

To fill out an application and schedule testing, go to National Testing Network, Inc., select "Fire" and sign up for Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.

  • Review all information related to the firefighter and/or firefighter paramedic positions
  • Review detailed information about the testing process
  • Take online practice tests
  • Schedule your own convenient test time. Tests are offered multiple times a week, including Saturdays.

Preference Information

Send the completed preference form and required documentation to:
11945 SW 70th Ave.
Tigard, OR 97223
Attn: Sr. Employment Coordinator

Or fax to: 503-259-1100

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