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South Lane County Fire & Rescue

Serving Cottage Grove, Creswell, and South Lane County, Oregon


South Lane County Fire & Rescue


Pay range $5,251-$6,564 per month

(Not including education/longevity incentive pay)

South Lane County Fire & Rescue invites qualified individuals to apply for the position of Firefighter/Paramedic. SLCFR proudly serves the cities of Cottage Grove, Creswell, and rural South Lane County.

SLCFR is located 20 miles south of the Eugene/Springfield area in Western Oregon, along the I-5 corridor, in the Willamette Valley. SLCFR operates from four recognized fire stations, and is an ISO Class 2/4/10W. The District serves a population of approximately 30,000, within the 132 square mile boundary of the Fire District. SLCFR provides 24/7 advanced life support transporting ambulance service to an 800 square mile area, including those areas within the Fire District boundaries. The District responds to approximately 4,200 calls for service annually.    

The District is governed by a five-member elected board and led by the Fire Chief, who is employed by the Board. The Fire Chief is the CEO of the District and all other District personnel work for and under the Fire Chief’s direction.

Firefighter Medics perform emergency medical procedures, medical transports, fire suppression, apparatus operation, community outreach, fire prevention practices and other emergency services related duties. The position routinely works a 48/96-hour shift rotation in position of firefighter.

This position must maintain Oregon Paramedic certification as a condition of continued employment.

SLCFR employs 21 career operations personnel assigned to three shifts, consisting of seven personnel per shift. Each shift has a Division Chief, two Captains, two Engineers and two Firefighters. The career staff are supplemented by a dedicated force of Resident Firefighters and Community Reserve Firefighters.

Salary Information:

  • $5,251 - $6,564 per month 2017-2020 collective bargaining agreement


  • Represented by the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 851 labor agreement
  • Accrued vacation and sick leave
  • 100 % employer paid family medical, dental and vision
  • HRA/VEBA, employer contribution
  • Oregon Pers Retirement
  • Education incentive and Longevity pay

Minimum qualifications include:

  1. 18 years old
  2. High school graduate or equivalent
  3. Class C driver’s license or other state equivalent
  4. Certified as an Oregon Paramedic at time of hire
  5. NFPA Firefighter I or equivalent

Additional preferred qualifications:

  1. Associate Degree in Fire Science, EMS, or related field.
  2. NFPA Driver/Pump Operator accreditation
  3. Wildland Type II Firefighter

Testing process:

  1. Written “Fire Teams Test” results with completed Personnel History Questionnaire (PHQ), by September 16th, 2019
  2. Physical Agility (to be requested at a later date)
  3. Assessment Center (firefighting and medical)
  4. Panel Interview
  5. Fire Chief Interview

Selection process:

To be considered for this round of hiring complete the necessary requirements by September 16th, 2019. SLCFR 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 SLCFR. You can also find our job posting by going to www.southlanefire.org.

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

  • Completion of the application process
  • Review all information related to the SLCFR firefighter position, including minimum requirements, salary and benefits.
  • Detailed information about the testing process for both the entry level test.
  • 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 all candidate scores are automatically forwarded to the SLCFR. Candidates who attain a passing score on the entry level exam will be placed on the department’s eligibility list. SLCFR 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 SLCFR’s responsibility and decision making in the testing process. All candidate results are provided to SLCFR where the final decisions are made.

Closing date: Applications with written test results and Personnel History Questionnaire via NTN must be received by no later than 5:00 pm, September 16th, 2019 to be considered. Qualified applicants will be selected and notified of the next steps of the hiring process.

*Applications missing the Personnel History Questionnaire will NOT be accepted.

Study materials:

  • Online practice test for NTN written exam at
  • IFSTA Essentials of Firefighting (6th edition)
  • 2019 AHA (Guidelines for Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation)
  • Current ACLS Guidelines

Contact information:

Aaron Smith

Division Chief

(541) 942-4493

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John Wooten

Fire Chief

(541) 942-4493

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South Lane County Fire & Rescue is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and military and veteran status.


For information regarding volunteering, please visit our "Resident Reserves" page.

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Contact Us

Administration and Headquarters
233 Harrison Ave
Cottage Grove, OR 97424
tel: (541) 942-4493
fax: (541) 942-3367

Business Hours: 8 am to 5 pm Mon-Fri

Emergency Dial 911