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Occupational Report for Fire Fighters (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 management.

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Employment Outlook for Fire Fighters
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2010 was somewhat larger than the statewide average for all occupations. This occupation is expected to grow at a much slower rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2020. The total number of job openings is projected to be somewhat higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2020.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist for trained workers largely due to the need to fill replacement job openings.

Data Sources and Limitations
Current Employment Department Job Openings for Fire Fighters There are 45 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Crew Boss/Engine Boss 4/23/14 Pilot Rock/Pendleton $17.00/hr DOE
Wildland Firefighter 1/ Firefighter 2 4/23/14 Pilot Rock/Pendleton DOE
Seasonal Wildland Firefighter (On Call) 4/17/14 Grants Pass $12.91/hr
Wildland Firefighters 4/15/14 La Grande $10.00/hr to $15.00/hr DOE
Wildland Firefighter (Range/Forestry Technician) 3/30/14 Vale
Lead Wildland Firefighter (Lead Range/Forestry Technician) 3/30/14 Crater Lake
Wildland Firefighter (Range/Forestry Technician) 3/30/14 Crater Lake
Wildland Firefighter (Range or Forestry Aid/Technician) 3/30/14 Chiloquin
Engine Boss 3/25/14 Weiser $350.00/day DOE
Wildland Firefighter 3/25/14 Weiser $180.00/day DOE
Wildland Firefighter 3/24/14 Pilot Rock $15.00/hr
Forestry Worker / Fire Fighter 3/20/14 Oregon & Throughout The U.S.A. $9.10/hr
Forest Firefighter 3/11/14 Burns $12.00/hr DOE
Wildland Fire Fighter (Experienced - Seasonal) 2/12/14 Various $14.00/hr DOE
Wildland Fire Fighter (Non Experienced - Seasonal) 2/12/14 Various $13.50/hr DOE
Wildland Single Resource Boss Engine (Seasonal) 2/12/14 Various $20.00/hr DOE
Wildland Fire Fighter (Experienced - Seasonal) 2/12/14 Various $14.00/hr DOE
Wildland Fire Fighter (Non Experienced - Seasonal) 2/12/14 Various $13.50/hr DOE
Wildland Single Resource Boss Engine (Seasonal) 2/12/14 Various $20.00/hr DOE
Wildland Single Resource Boss Engine (Seasonal) 2/12/14 Various $20.00/hr DOE
Wildland Fire Fighter (Non Experienced - Seasonal) 2/12/14 Various $13.50/hr DOE
Wildland Fire Fighter (Experienced - Seasonal) 2/12/14 Various $14.00/hr DOE
Wildland Fire Fighter (Experienced - Seasonal) 2/12/14 Various $14.00/hr DOE
Wildland Fire Fighter (Non Experienced - Seasonal) 2/12/14 Various $13.50/hr DOE
Wildland Single Resource Boss Engine (Seasonal) 2/12/14 Various $20.00/hr DOE
More Jobs
Job Openings from the Web for Fire Fighters There are no openings for this occupation.
State of Oregon License Information for Fire Fighters
License License Authority Web Site
Fire Service Professional DPSST - Fire Training
Wages for Fire Fighters
Region ---------------- 2013 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $9.66 $22.51 $29.73 $34.62 $37.71 $27.42 $57,047
Multnomah / Washington 22.03 28.31 32.85 36.44 42.12 31.75 66,039
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 10.31 20.28 26.67 32.18 36.86 25.53 53,098
Lane 24.34 26.54 30.11 33.68 36.02 29.20 60,744
Douglas 21.07 23.58 27.46 32.21 36.35 28.00 58,237
Jackson / Josephine 12.59 22.73 31.51 35.41 37.81 28.31 58,880
Clackamas 26.22 30.13 32.70 35.22 36.74 31.72 65,986
Data Sources and Limitations
Regional Employment Projections for Fire Fighters
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2010 2020 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 3,458 3,775 317 9.2% 32 100 132
Multnomah / Washington 837 884 47 5.6% 5 24 29
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 419 464 45 10.7% 5 12 17
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 301 338 37 12.3% 4 9 13
Jackson / Josephine 279 311 32 11.5% 3 8 11
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 232 246 14 6.0% 1 7 8
Lane 223 235 12 5.4% 1 6 8
Clackamas 200 232 32 16.0% 3 6 9
Douglas 153 178 25 16.3% 3 5 7
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 142 150 8 5.6% 1 4 5
Morrow / Umatilla 142 149 7 4.9% 1 4 5
Grant / Harney / Malheur 133 138 5 3.8% 1 4 4
Baker / Union / Wallowa 106 120 14 13.2% 1 3 5
Klamath / Lake 93 100 7 7.5% 1 3 4
Coos / Curry 81 86 5 6.2% 1 2 3
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 37 40 3 8.1% 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 Fire Fighters
Industry
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Ownership 2010
Employment
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Private 519
Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry Private 519
Support Activities for Forestry Private 519
Public Administration Local 2,700
Executive, Legislative, and Other General Government Support Local 1,539
Justice, Public Order, and Safety Activities Local 1,161
Educational Requirements for Fire Fighters Workers typically need a postsecondary non-degree award to enter this occupation. 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 Fire Fighters
  • 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 Map Reading Techniques In Wilderness Areas
  • 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
  • Operate Two-Way Radio In Law Enforcement, Fire Or Emergency Setting
  • 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 Rescue Procedures
  • Work As A Team Member
Schools and Training Providers for Fire Fighters 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:
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:
Umpqua Community College
1140 College Rd.
Roseburg, OR 97470-0226
Phone: (541) 440-4600
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:
Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Avenue
Portland, OR 97219-7132
Phone: (503) 244-6111
Programs of Training:
Clackamas Community College
19600 Molalla Ave
Oregon City, OR 97045-8980
Phone: (503) 657-6958 x2313
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Fire Fighters 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 Fire Fighters 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 40%
Supervisors And Managers Of Fire Fighting And Prevention Workers 39%
Forest Fire Inspectors And Prevention Specialists 30%