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Becoming a Firefighter

Competition is fierce!

Medford Fire Department typically receives more than 100 applications for open positions. Here are steps you can take to make your application more competitive.

  • High School:  Consider doing your senior project on a fire related subject. Contact our office at 541-774-2300 for more information.
  • Participate in a strength, flexibility, and endurance fitness programs.
    • Make the fitness program part of your normal routine.
  • Become a Volunteer Firefighter (At 18 years old.)
    • Contact Jackson County Fire District #3 or #5 if you live in the Medford area.
  • Become an Accredited Firefighter through DPSST.
    • Earn your Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2, Hazardous Materials Operations, Wildland Interface FF, Fire Apparatus Driver, Mobile Water Supply Operator, and Wildland Fire Operator.
  • Earn your Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certificates.
    • EMT - Basic, Intermediate, Paramedic.
  • Work in a related field. Examples:
    • Ambulance company as a transport medic.
    • Oregon Department of Forestry as a firefighter.
    • Airport Fire Department as a firefighter.
  • Earn a college degree in Fire Science and/or Para-Medicine.
    • Rogue Community College, Chemeketa Community College have Fire and EMS programs.
  • Test for positions.
    • Contact Fire Departments where you want to work to find out their requirements.
  • Keep taking classes and acquiring certificates.

Medford Fire Hiring Process

  • A physical agility test and a written test are given to initial applicants who meet minimum requirements.
  • Assessment center includes:
    • Interview, background evaluation, and a technical skills assessment (Fire and EMS.)
  • Top scorers interview with Fire Chief.
  • Background investigations are performed on finalists.
  • Job offers are made, contingent on successful completion of a medical physical, drug screen, and psychological exam.
  • START WORK  recruit training; one year probation.

Follow These Links For More Information

How to Become a Firefighter

How to Become a Volunteer Firefighter

How and Where to Earn Your Fire Science Degree

Masters of Public Administration guide

Masters of Public Administration degrees

Additional Department Information

Training Department Contacts

Medford Fire-Rescue Training Division
200 South Ivy Street, Room #180
Medford , OR 97501
Phone: (541) 774-2300
Fax: (541) 774-2514
Contact: Battalion Chief Tom McGowan
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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