A Career in the Fire Service

Today’s firefighters are truly multipurpose professionals in addition to responding to fires. The varied and exciting duties of today’s firefighter include responding to a wide array of emergencies that include motor vehicle crashes, industrial accidents, specialty rescues, hazardous materials spills, and public assistance calls of all types. They also are active within the community conducting fire prevention inspections, hosting public education activities and events, and conducting target hazard walk-through assessments on key facilities. They also train daily, staying current with all fire, rescue, and EMS disciplines.

If you possess the commitment and dedication to serve a very important role in the community, then the fire service might be right for you! Careers in the fire service are exciting, rewarding, and challenging.

What to Expect During the Testing Process

Canby Fire District utilizes an assessment center for establishing its eligibility list for entry-level firefighter. Candidates are rigorously tested through a series of oral and technical assessments. The goal of the assessment center is for Canby Fire District to evaluate candidates based on a series of dimensions that are considered job critical.

Once a job offer has been made an accepted the candidate will then precede to the physical agility, which includes a series of job simulations that will test stamina, strength, and overall fitness.

Application Status

We are accepting applications, please read below.

Job Classification: Firefighter EMT and Firefighter Paramedic

The Canby Fire District #62 and Molalla Fire District are currently hiring for Firefighter EMT or Paramedic.  This position requires FireTEAM and a valid CPAT that is valid within the last 6 months. 

Candidates must submit a department application and copies of all required and preferred certifications to Canby Fire 221 S Pine St, Canby, OR prior to close of application period. Application will open 4/26/2017 and close 5/17/2017. The top 30 selected will be notified 5/24/2017 to move forward and will be required to participate in a Firefighter/EMS skills assessment center on 5/30-31/2017.

Applications can be found here or picked up at Molalla Fire District or Canby Fire District main offices between the hours of 0800 am and 4 pm Monday thru Friday.

Salary Information: Canby Fire District has a starting salary of $4,834.51 per month with top salary in three years at $6,048.90. The Firefighter position is eligible for a 2% A.S. in Fire Science Incentive and an EMTP is eligible for a 10% Paramedic Incentive. The Firefighter position will be immediately eligible for overtime associated with callback alarms, meetings, and training; however, must wait six months before being able to work call shifts.

Molalla Fire District has a starting salary of $4,387.30 per month with an increase up to $6,049.27.

Benefit Information: Canby Fire District provides full medical, dental, and life insurance programs. A VEBA contribution is provided annually to each employee’s VEBA plan. Deferred Compensation and Credit Union benefits are also available. Employee Employer matching up to 4% deferred compensation. Canby Fire District is a PERS retirement benefit participator. Canby Fire District pays both the employer and employee contributions to PERS with each semi-monthly payroll.

Molalla Fire District provides full medical, dental and vision. A supplemental life and long term disability, PERS retirement, and deferred compensation.

Contact Information:
Canby Fire District
Matt Dale


Molalla Fire District
Mike Penunuri

Department Overview: Canby and Molalla Fire Districts are a full service Fire and EMS provider and provide ambulance transportation. Canby and Molalla are two of the busiest fire stations in Clackamas County. The City of Canby and Molalla are expecting substantial commercial growth in the next 5 to 10 years. Canby Fire will be starting up a peak hour coverage ambulance which will be staffed to not only provide EMS response but also Home Health Care follow-ups. Canby and Molalla Firefighters are known for their compassion and care to all who come in contact with us.

Area Overview: Canby Fire District has 2 cities Canby and Barlow and services a 52 square mile area. Molalla Fire District has 3 cities Molalla, Mulino, and Colton areas services a 105 square mile area for fire protection and 350 square miles of ambulance coverage.

Population: Canby: 32,000 Molalla: 28,000

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Job Requirements

US Citizen: Yes

High School Grad/GED: Yes

Valid OREGON State Driver’s License: Yes

Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes

Vision: NFPA 1582

Academy Certification:
DPSST Firefighter 1 & Apparatus Operator 1

Prior Experience:

Necessary Certifications:

  • DPSST Firefighter 1
  • EMT Basic, EMT Advanced, EMT Intermediate
  • EMTP

Preferred Qualifications:

  • DPSST Apparatus Operator 1
  • HAZMAT Awareness
  • Instructor 1
  • Wildland Firefighter type 2
  • Mobile Water Supply
  • 1 year Volunteer Firefighter


Specific Disqualifiers:
Felony, Criminal, Activity Disqualifier
No Felonies

Driving Disqualifier
Has to be insurable and pass the background check

Drug Use Disqualifier
Must pass drug testing. Zero tolerance for drug use per department policies.

Employment & Financial Disqualifier
Pass a background check

Applicants must complete the Canby Fire District No.62 application Here.

The Canby Fire Department offers full testing services for the position of Firefighter through National Testing Network, Inc.  To fill out an application and schedule a test, go to www.nationaltestingnetwork.com, select Fire and sign up for the Canby Fire Department.

What to expect at the www.nationaltestingnetwork.com website:

  • Completion of the application process
  • Review all information related to the Canby Fire Department firefighter position, including minimum requirements, salary and benefits.
  • Detailed information about the testing process for both the entry level test and CPAT testing.
  • Opportunity to take online practice tests at www.fireteamtest.com.
  • Schedule your own convenient test time. Tests are offered multiple times a week, including Saturdays.
  • Take high quality job simulation tests in a standardized, fair testing environment.

Upon completion of the entry level exam and CPAT testing, all candidate scores are automatically forwarded to the Canby Fire Department.  Candidates who attain a passing score on both the entry level exam and the physical abilities test will be placed on the department’s eligibility list.  Canby Fire Department will contact candidates on the list and will invite them to continue to participate in other stages of the department selection process.

National Testing Network is a service provided to conduct entry level testing and CPAT testing in a standardized, professional environment. National Testing Network does not replace the Canby Fire Department’s responsibility and decision making in the testing process.  All candidate results are provided to Canby Fire Department where the final decisions are made.

Canby Fire District is governed by ORS 242.702 to 242.824 Civil Service for Firefighters.

Resident Firefighter Program

The goal of the resident firefighter program is to provide a “win win” environment for both the residents and the fire district. The resident wins because they receive an excellent environment to learn and apply the skills of firefighting and emergency medicine while living in a firehouse atmosphere. The fire district wins because it has a guaranteed resident living and pulling shift rotations at the rural fire station, adding critical capacity to the volunteer response out of the rural fire station.

The resident firefighter program is designed for career minded fire and EMS students who are attending college. The Fire District residents are provided with no-cost living quarters and up to $1000 per term for tuition / books / fee reimbursement. The residents are required to work a minimum of ten, twelve-hour shifts (7pm to 7am) at Fire Station #65 per month. The Fire District residents are responsible for station upkeep, apparatus and grounds upkeep, weekly training, and emergency response. The residents also work closely with the Training Division and are able to do shifts with the career firefighters.

If you are interested in learning more about the Fire District’s resident program contact Canby Fire at 503.266.5851