As member of a fire suppression and life safety crew, you respond to a wide range of emergencies such as fires, medical emergencies, rescues, and other incidents. Firefighters often work shifts in 24-hour blocks, where they live in a station with their crew members while on duty and work on either a fire engine or ambulance.
Examples of duties performed:
- Respond to and extinguish fires in a variety of different structures and terrain.
- Care and transport of patients experiencing a variety of medical emergencies.
- Special teams trained in Hazardous Materials, Airport Rescue Firefighting, Water Rescue, and Technical Rescue can assist with calls for specialized rescue.
- 18 years of age or older
- Acceptable driving record
- High school diploma or equivalent
- No Class A misdemeanor convictions within 24 months of applying
- No felony convictions
- No tobacco use
- Oregon Paramedic certification
- Two years of experience in fire fighting, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) or related fields or Associate’s Degree in Fire Sciences or EMS
- Valid Oregon driver’s license
- Back strength
- Communication skills
- Good judgment
- Grip strength
- Interpersonal skills
- Lack of phobias
- Physical endurance
- Problem solving skills
- Upper and lower body strength
I'm ready to apply for a position. Where can I learn more?
Click here for more information about what to expect during our hiring and selection process, academy, and working for Eugene Springfield Fire as a Firefighter Paramedic.
How do I decide if this career is right for me?
- Arrange a job shadow or ride along. Call 541-682-7100 to inquire about available opportunities.
- Volunteer with a local fire department. While Eugene Springfield Fire does not offer a volunteer program, there are many agencies in the area that do. Please reach out to those agencies directly to inquire about their volunteer opportunities.
I think I'm ready to pursue this. What should I do first?
- Enroll in a local community college to get your Paramedic certification. This is a 2-year program. There are several community colleges in our area that offer programs in Emergency Medicine:
Can I work for Eugene Springfield Fire while I'm in school?
While enrolled in school working towards your Paramedic certification, consider working as a Basic Life Support Technician. This position offers flexible scheduling and an entry-level opportunity to join the organization - with only your EMT Basic needed!
- Click here for more information about working as a Basic Life Support Technician.