Fire & EMS

Becoming a Firefighter or Paramedic at Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue is the aspiration of thousands of individuals who have considered a career in Fire and EMS service. With our commitment to safety, exceptional performance, outstanding service to our communities, and overall professionalism, we have created a work environment that is second to none. We foster a culture committed to honoring our individual and group differences so we in turn are able to provide the highest level of service to our communities.

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FIREFIGHTER

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Successful entry Firefighter candidates will have the following: 

  • Required: HS diploma or equivalent and EMT or Paramedic license by time of hire
  • A strong community and customer-service focus and high level of professionalism
  • Demonstrated use of good judgment and decision making
  • Excellent physical conditioning
  • An unremarkable criminal background and driving record

Fitness Program Recommendations (PDF)

PARAMEDIC

Successful Paramedic candidates will have the following:

  • Paramedic license by time of hire
  • A strong community and customer-service focus and high level of professionalism
  • Deep sense of compassion
  • Demonstrated use of good judgment and decision making
  • Good physical conditioning
  • An unremarkable criminal background and driving record

The first steps toward a career as a firefighter or paramedic is Educational Preparation:

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PREVENTION POSITION

If your interest lies in becoming a Deputy Fire Marshal, successful candidates will have the following:

  • An associate or higher level degree in fire administration, prevention, engineering or closely related field
  • Three (3) or more years experience working as a Fire Inspector or closely related position
  • Fire & Life Safety Specialist I by one (1) year of employment
  • A strong community and customer-service focus and high level of professionalism
  • Demonstrated use of good judgment and decision making
  • An unremarkable criminal background and driving record
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LEARN MORE

  • Frequently Asked Questions in English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF)
  • Video - Why I Chose Fire
  • TVF&R on YouTube
  • About TVF&R
  • Learn more about becoming a Volunteer
  • Grooming policy (PDF) - TVF&R employees serve public citizens and must present themselves in a manner that generates trust, confidence and respect. To maintain a positive public image, new employees and volunteers are required to cover tattoos and body art. This includes tattoos, branding, scarring, piercings, and body art.
  • Tobacco policy (PDF) - We are committed to providing a safe work environment for our employees and the public through a tobacco-free workplace. TVF&R is tobacco free inside/outside District property, District apparatus, and inside/outside training facilities for new employees and volunteers.

Civil Service
TVF&R has a Commission which oversees the District's Civil Service system, governing many aspects of personnel management for positions in the classified service. View the Civil Service Rules (PDF).

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