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Occupational Report for Firefighters (33-2011) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Control and extinguish fires or respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk. Duties may include fire prevention, emergency medical service, hazardous material response, search and rescue, and disaster assistance.

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Employment Outlook for Firefighters
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was somewhat larger than the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be somewhat higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at a somewhat slower rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist for trained workers.

Data Sources and Limitations
Current Employment Department Job Openings for Firefighters There are 4 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 4 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Firefighter 10/20/14 Roseburg $4,432/mo
Part-Time Firefighter/Engineer/Dispatcher 10/14/14 Lakeview DOE
Part-Time Firefighter 10/1/14 La Grande $9.80/hr
Wildland Forest Fire Fighting (Engine Boss) 7/18/14 Lapine DOE
Job Openings from the Web for Firefighters The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 6 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 6 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
Firefighter 10/28/14 Milwaukie Clackamas Fire District #1
Firefighter 10/20/14 Roseburg City of Roseburg
Fire Fighter EMT/Paramedic/Trainee 10/14/14 Portland City of Portland Bureau of Human Resources
Fire Fighter EMT/Paramedic/Trainee 10/14/14 Portland City of Portland Bureau of Human Resources
Combat Student Intern Firefighter 10/9/14 Forest Grove CITY OF FOREST GROVE
Combat Volunteer Firefighter 10/9/14 Forest Grove CITY OF FOREST GROVE
State of Oregon License Information for Firefighters
License License Authority Web Site
Fire Service Professional DPSST - Fire Training
Wages for Firefighters
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $9.49 $23.30 $30.41 $34.67 $37.95 $27.74 $57,705
Multnomah / Washington 21.41 27.82 32.54 36.15 41.75 31.29 65,070
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 14.04 23.61 27.76 32.47 35.95 26.77 55,685
Lane 24.07 29.44 32.03 34.47 35.94 30.29 62,995
Jackson / Josephine 13.22 24.07 31.72 37.88 42.57 29.85 62,091
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 9.50 21.57 26.56 31.23 35.13 25.29 52,612
Morrow / Umatilla 11.67 14.11 18.49 26.53 29.60 20.22 42,064
Clackamas 29.39 30.82 32.87 34.92 36.14 32.29 67,162
Data Sources and Limitations
Regional Employment Projections for Firefighters
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 3,715 4,076 361 9.7% 36 101 137
Multnomah / Washington 708 786 78 11.0% 8 19 27
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 656 710 54 8.2% 5 18 23
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 376 418 42 11.2% 4 10 14
Jackson / Josephine 361 395 34 9.4% 3 10 13
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 257 282 25 9.7% 2 7 9
Lane 212 235 23 10.8% 2 6 8
Clackamas 185 205 20 10.8% 2 5 7
Douglas 164 182 18 11.0% 2 4 6
Morrow / Umatilla 127 140 13 10.2% 1 4 5
Grant / Harney / Malheur 106 115 9 8.5% 1 3 4
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 93 101 8 8.6% 1 2 3
Baker / Union / Wallowa 82 91 9 11.0% 1 2 3
Klamath / Lake 81 90 9 11.1% 1 2 3
Coos / Curry 50 56 6 12.0% 1 1 2
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 38 42 4 10.5% 0 1 1

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
Data Sources and Limitations
Industries of Employment for Firefighters
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 3,715
Total All Industries Private 434
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Private 421
Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry Private 421
Support Activities for Forestry Private 421
Total All Industries Local 3,083
Local Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals Local 3,057
Educational Requirements for Firefighters The typical entry level education for this occupation is a postsecondary non-degree award. Those with an Associate's degree have a competitive advantage in the labor market. In addition, long-term on-the-job training is typically needed, once employed, to attain competency in the skills needed in this occupation.
Skills for Firefighters
  • Administer Fire Regulations
  • Apply Emergency Medical Procedures
  • Apply Fire Suppression Techniques
  • Apply Knowledge Of Fire Codes
  • Apply Knowledge Of Hazardous Disposal Techniques
  • Apply Knowledge Of Ventilation Systems
  • Apply Knowledge Of Water Systems
  • Apply Survival Techniques
  • Dig Trenches, Ditches Or Holes With Hand Tools
  • Direct Fire Suppression Activities
  • Follow Hazardous Materials Specifications
  • Inspect Structures To Ensure They Meet Safety Regulations
  • Maneuver Heavy Objects
  • Operate Emergency Fire And Rescue Equipment And Vehicles
  • Operate Emergency Vehicles
  • Operate Motor-Driven Boats
  • Operate Two-Way Radio
  • Parachute From Aircraft
  • Practice Emergency Fire Fighting And Rescue Preparedness Procedures
  • Process Records And Maintain Forms And Files
  • Promote Fire Prevention
  • Provide First Aid
  • Read Maps
  • Understand, Use, And Communicate Technical Information
  • Use And Maintain Emergency Medical Equipment
  • Use And Maintain Fire Suppression Equipment
  • Use Forest Fire Protection Methods
  • Use Maps In Wilderness Areas
  • Use Rescue Procedures
  • Work As A Team Member
Schools and Training Providers for Firefighters The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Chemeketa Community College
4000 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR 97305
Phone: (503) 399-5000
Programs of Training:
Rogue Community College
3345 Redwood Hwy
Grants Pass, OR 97527-9291
Phone: (541) 956-7501
Programs of Training:
Clatsop Community College
1653 Jerome Ave
Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: (503) 325-0910
Programs of Training:
Southwestern Oregon Community College
1988 Newmark Ave
Coos Bay, OR 97420-2193
Phone: (541) 888-2525
Programs of Training:
Treasure Valley Community College
650 College Blvd
Ontario, OR 97914
Phone: (541) 881-8822
Programs of Training:
Central Oregon Community College
2600 NW College Way
Bend, OR 97701
Phone: (541) 383-7500
Programs of Training:
Clackamas Community College
19600 Molalla Ave
Oregon City, OR 97045-8980
Phone: (503) 657-6958 x2313
Programs of Training:
Umpqua Community College
1140 College Rd.
Roseburg, OR 97470-226
Phone: (541) 440-4600
Programs of Training:
Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Avenue
Portland, OR 97219-7132
Phone: (503) 244-6111
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Firefighters These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Central Oregon Community College
Clackamas Community College
Clatsop Community College
Portland Community College
Rogue Community College
Southwestern Oregon Community College
Treasure Valley Community College
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Firefighters matches the occupation in the list. A score of 100% means the occupations have identical skill sets. A maximum of 10 occupations are displayed below.
Occupation Skill Overlap
Fire Inspectors And Investigators 38%
First-Line Supervisors Of Fire Fighting And Prevention Workers 38%
Forest Fire Inspectors And Prevention Specialists 31%