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Firefighter Requirements
Minimum Qualifications
  • Must be 18 years old or older.
  • Must be certified as a basic structural firefighter by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.
  • Must be certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (Basic) by the Texas Department of State Health Services  
  • Must be in good physical condition and weight is in proportion to height. 
  • Must meet the job description requirements for a Portland Fire Department firefighter.
  • Must pass a drug screening examination.
  • Must pass an oral interview board.
  • Must pass the physical agility test.
  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED.
  • Must possess a valid Texas driver’s license and pass the Class B firefighter’s exemption within the first 6 months of hire.
  • Must score a minimum of 70% on the written examination.
  • Must successfully pass an investigation of personal history and background to determine suitability for the position of firefighter with the Portland Fire Department. 
  • Must reside within 25 miles of the city limits of Portland.