Steps to A Firefighter Career
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To be considered passing, you must meet or exceed the minimum scores as follows:
- Human Relations test score: pass point of 70% (one of two factors used to calculate exam score)
- Mechanical test score: pass point of 60% (pass/fail)
- Reading test score: pass point of 80% (pass/fail)
- Math test score: pass point of 70% (pass/fail)
The CPAT is a timed sequence of events designed to assess your ability to perform essential job tasks at fire scenes. The test includes a stair climb, hose drag, equipment carry, ladder raise and extension, forcible entry, search, rescue, and ceiling breach and pull.
In this one-way video interview, you will record your responses to questions via webcam or the Spark Hire mobile app. We will ask you to respond to a selection of questions. Your answers allow us to see how you respond to different situations and to learn more about you.
Placement on the eligible list
Individuals passing all of the above components are placed on the eligible list. An eligible list is a list of qualified candidates who have passed a civil service exam and meet the minimum requirements for a specific position. Candidates are ranked on the list based on their final score in the exam.
Oregon law requires fire agencies to conduct a background investigation on candidates being considered for fire service roles. We will provide plenty of guidance at this stage to help you gather necessary documents, complete a Personal History Statement form, and meet with your assigned background investigator over video.
The contingent offer is a very exciting step in your journey to a career with TVF&R! We recommend waiting until you pass your post-offer evaluations (below) to submit a two-week notice with your current employer.
Any offer of employment is contingent upon successfully completing the required drug screen, a medical evaluation, and a psychological evaluation.
The first day of the academy is your first day as a TVF&R employee! A typical academy is 16 weeks long. The academy is usually held four days per week, with a 10-hour schedule from 7am – 6pm. You'll receive classroom and hands-on training in a variety of skill sets related to fire and EMS.
Field training and evaluation program (FTEP)
New recruits enter the Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP) phase at the end of the academy. Assigned to a station, you will join their crew and begin gaining on-the-job experience under the guidance of a Field Training Officer (FTO). FTEP lasts for approximately 16 weeks, during which a recruit may have additional assignments.