City of Portsmouth Fire Department

The City of Portsmouth Fire Department is seeking qualified candidates to fill immediate openings as well as create an eligibility list for future positions.  Lateral transfers are highly encouraged to apply.

Starting Salary

Firefighter / Paramedic $58,320

Firefighter / AEMT $54,000

Additional incentives / stipends available depending on qualifications.

Candidates for this position must deliver independently and as part of a team, to coordinate fire suppression, emergency medical, rescue, hazmat, public education and other emergency related services under general and specific direction during duty tours and as otherwise required.

The City offers a generous compensation and benefits package that includes retirement, paid time off including vacation, holidays, medical & dental insurance, flexible spending account, professional development, career growth, longevity incentives, and more!

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustration of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to, or extension of, the position.

Actively participates in and completes routine weekly work schedules and tasks at an assigned station or training location. Performs general maintenance and completes other work assignments to prepare the station, apparatus, equipment, supplies, equipment, one’s self and the fire service team to respond to fires, rescue, hazardous materials and other emergency services incidents involving the Portsmouth fire service.

Responds to alarms, requests for emergency medical services (EMS), hazardous materials incidents and other fire service emergencies consistent with department policy. He/she may be the incident commander until incident command responsibilities are transferred to a more senior firefighter or an officer. A firefighter maintains control over assigned tactical operations within an established chain of command and/or under the direction of the incident commander.

Drives and/or operates apparatus, equipment and uses specialized tools, supplies and equipment for training and in the performance of emergency services and other duties. Keeps informed about department activities and status. He/she is responsible for the organization and maintenance of facilities, apparatus, equipment, supplies, and records and administrative, information and communication systems placed in his/her care.

Delivers fire service emergency responses including evaluating fire, EMS, hazmat and other emergency conditions to implement the appropriate response. Under general and specific direction implements individually and as part of a team operations and procedures to protect life and property and to control incidents. Works with assigned personnel, equipment and other resources to implement the delivery of emergency fire services. Prepares and completes all reports as required in hard copy and/or electronically on Department computer systems and other Department office equipment.

Makes certain that duties and responsibilities are performed completely, effectively and efficiently and that he/she is properly clothed, protected and equipped.

Assists in preplanning, risk management and public education activities.

Regularly participates in training activities in all areas of department responsibility.

Whenever necessary, takes appropriate life saving measures to prolong the life of any victim of an accident, injury or assault and continues such efforts until proper medical assistance is available .


MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS -To be considered for this position a candidate must have:

High School diploma or GED.

Be at least 18 years of age.
Certification as a Pro Board Firefighter One, and a nationally registered EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic.
Possession of or ability to obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of New Hampshire for the type of vehicle operated. (CDL-B with air brake and tank endorsement obtained within 1 year)
Possess a valid New Hampshire CPAT card. (Candidate physical ability test)
Pass a criminal and driving background check.
Pass a NFPA 1582 pre-employment physical.
Completion of the State of New Hampshire Administrative rules, 701.01 (d), 701.02, 702.01, 702.02 or a lateral transfer that meets rule 703.01
Ability to pass an acrophobia test.



The essential functions and duties described herein are normal for this position. They are intended as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to, or extension, of the position. Other duties may be required and assigned by the supervisor.

The City of Portsmouth is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. The City is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodations, contact our Human Resources Director by phone 603-610-4478.


Application Special Instructions
Finalist must complete pre-employment screening, drug testing, & background check.

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