How to become a Firefighter Paramedic

If you are interested in a career as a Firefighter/Paramedic, here are some things you should do:


  • Work toward Paramedic certification. Classes are offered at Lane Community College in Eugene, Chemeketa Community College in Salem, and Umpqua Community College in Roseburg - see Quick Links
  • Volunteer with a rural fire department - see link to Volunteer Association

Minimum Qualifications and Critical Skills

Minimum Qualifications


  • 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

Critical Skills

  • Back strength
  • Communication skills
  • Good judgment
  • Grip strength
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Lack of phobias
  • Physical endurance
  • Problem solving skills
  • Upper and lower body strength