• Firefighter/Paramedic (Entry Level)

Firefighter/Paramedic (Entry Level)


Date : January 30, 2024


Hood River Fire & EMS

1785 Meyer Parkway

Hood River, Oregon  97031


Job Classification: Firefighter/ Paramedic(Entry Level)

Hood River Fire & EMS is hiring for one(1) opening starting approximately May 1, 2024, and building an eligibility list for Firefighter Paramedics.  To complete an application and schedule a test, go to www.nationaltestingnetwork.com, select FIRE, and sign up for Hood River Fire & EMS. This position requires a FireTEAM written examination and a CPAT that is valid within the last six months. Hood River Fire and EMS will contact candidates on the list and invite them to continue participating in other stages of the department selection process following the closing date and time listed below.

To be eligible for this (1) open position, all candidates must complete all testing by 11:59 PM on Thursday, February 29, 2024.

Salary Range: 

$29.54 – $33.26 Hourly (includes 9% paramedic premium)

$7,188 (entry-Step 1) – $8,093 Monthly (Step5)


FLSA: Non-Exempt

Benefits Information:  Benefits package, which includes paid holidays, vacation, sick leave, group medical, dental, vision, FLSA pay, VEBA, life insurance, and Oregon State Public Employees Retirement System (PERS).   

Contact Information:

Leonard Damian – Fire Chief



City and Department Overview: Hood River(population of nearly 9,000) is the County Seat of Hood River County. Located just 60 miles east of Portland, Oregon, Hood River is known internationally as a hub for outdoor recreation, particularly windsurfing, kiteboarding, and mountain biking.  It is also 30 minutes from major ski and snowboarding opportunities on Mt. Hood, Oregon, at over 11,000 feet, Oregon’s tallest mountain. Hood River has excellent schools and a charming, dynamic downtown with a growing art and cultural scene.

Hood River Fire& EMS has been serving our community since being organized in 1904 and is a full-service fire and EMS provider that also provides ambulance transportation. Our Ambulance Service Area is approximately 145 square miles (110 square miles in Hood River County and 35 square miles in Wasco County), responding to over 2000 incidents in 2023 from one station. Our staff operates on a 48/96 A-B-C schedule.

Job Requirements

Age : 18

Citizenship Required : US citizenship is not required. Candidates will be required to show proof of the ability to work in the U.S.

High School Grad/GED: Yes

Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes

College: Not required
Additional education: In addition to a high school diploma or equivalent, post-high school education or an equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred.

Academy Certification: No

Prior Experience: None required

Necessary Certifications: Oregon Paramedic certification by the start date. National Registry or other state-certified paramedics must meet the State of Oregon Paramedic certification requirements and are responsible for applying for reciprocity to ensure they have Oregon Paramedic certification by the start date. You can view reciprocity information via the State of Oregon Public Health website. A provisional Oregon Paramedic certification does not meet the minimum requirement.

Additionally, candidates must possess American Heart Association certifications for ACLS and PALS before the start date.

NFPA Firefighter I (or equivalent) upon appointment.

Felony, Criminal Activity Disqualifiers: All non-expunged convictions must be disclosed and reviewed in relation to number, severity, date, and other relevant circumstances. Candidates must not have any criminal convictions that would prevent certifications from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standard and the Oregon Health Authority.

Driving Disqualifiers: To drive a city vehicle, one must possess a current, valid driver’s license recognized by the state of Oregon and maintain a driving record insurable by the City’s insurer.

Additional Disqualifiers: Must meet National Fire Protection (NFPA) standards for health and fitness. Must pass a pre-employment physical, and drug screen.



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