Wildfires: Information and Community Resources


Becoming a Firefighter

Firefighting is an excellent career choice for those who enjoy physical activity, a variety of working conditions, helping people, and a little danger. 

Competition is fierce!

We typically receive 400 to 500 applications every time we open our hiring process. We recommend you follow the following steps if you are interested in becoming a Firefighter.

  • High School:  Consider doing your senior project on a fire related subject. Contact our office at 774-2300 for more information. Graduate!
  • Participate in a strength, flexibility, and endurance fitness program
    • Make the fitness program part of your normal routine forever.
  • 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
    • Ambulance company as a transport medic
    • Oregon Department of Forestry as a Firefighter
    • Airport Fire Department as a Firefighter
  • Earn a College Degree - Fire Science and/or Paramedicine
    • Rogue Community College, Chemeketa Community College, or other colleges with a Fire or EMS program.
  • Test for positions
    • Contact Fire Departments where you want to work. Find out how they advertise and what their requirements are
  • Keep taking classes and acquiring certificates

Medford Fire / Rescue Hiring Process

  • Typically receive 400+ applications
    • Physical Agility and Written Test given to those who meet minimum requirements
  • Assessment center:
    • Screen to 48 based on test results.
    • Interview, background evaluation, and a technical skills assessment (Fire and EMS)
  • Top scorers receive interview with Fire Chief
  • Background investigations on those selected by Fire Chief
  • Job offers made contingent on successful completion of 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

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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