Firefighter / EMT

Firefighter / EMT

Firefighter / EMT

Website Portland, Maine Fire Department

Fire Department – The City of Portland has the largest professional fire and emergency medical services department in the State of Maine. 220+ sworn members work around the clock to protect the City’s nearly 70,000 citizens. In addition to fire protection and EMS, the Portland Fire Department fully staffs the Air Rescue Station at the Portland International Jetport; boasts the only Heavy Rescue Company that provides technical rescue capabilities regionally; and has one of the few Marine Firefighting Divisions in Maine. A career with the PFD provides more variety and opportunities for advancement than any other firefighter position in the state. The PFD is seeking ambitious, talented firefighter/EMTs who have a passion for serving their community while continuously improving their skills.

Lateral Transfers: The PFD strongly encourages lateral applicants with at least three years of full-time experience to apply. We provide a streamlined onboarding process with additional initial pay at the step level in the Local 740 contract equivalent to outside experience up to a maximum of the 12-year step.


Reached the age of twenty-one (21), or have reached the age of twenty (20) with two years of post-high school education.
Must hold and maintain a valid Maine EMT-Basic or higher EMS license prior to the start date.
EMT-A or higher is preferred, EMT-Basics will be required to obtain certification as an EMT-Advanced within one year of employment.
Applicants must successfully pass a background check.
Must complete the Portland Fire Department Physical Ability Test or provide a valid IAFF/IAFC Candidate Physical Ability Test card.
Complete a job suitability assessment; and pass a medical exam.
Candidates with FF I and II certification are desired, but non-certified candidates can be certified through a 9-week new hire training academy.
Salary & Benefits:

Starting base salary range for non-lateral candidates:

EMT-B $23.50/hr or $987.00/wk, AEMT $24.50/hr or $1029.00/wk or EMT-P $26.00/hr or $1082.00/wk, not including available stipends.
We offer considerable additional compensation through incentives and stipends including ambulance assignment (up to 2.86/hr or $120/wk for Paramedics).
Further details for all available pay levels and stipends can be found in the current Local 740 contract.

Military GI Benefits: The Portland Fire Department is an On-The-Job-Training approved program offering flexible training plans for up to 2 years.

City benefits include:

Thirteen paid holidays
Free employee health insurance with the completion of wellness incentives
Sick, vacation, and personal leave
Life, dental, vision, and income protection insurance
Choice of retirement plans, including MainePERS Special Retirement Plan 3C (25 years, 2/3rds)
Use of City recreation facilities
Discount on professional development programs through USM and Thomas College

Applications accepted until filled – For more information call Peg Mitschele at 207-874-8407

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