A career in the fire service is a rewarding and satisfying occupation. However, the competition to become a firefighter is very tough. For every two hundred candidates, there is one firefighter opening. The best way to improve your chances of becoming a firefighter is to obtain an Associate's or Bachelor's Degree from a qualified college or university while volunteering at a local fire department.
Most of the local fire departments work with a community college to provide the work experience that is becoming essential to securing employment as a firefighter. In addition to a degree in Fire Protection or Fire Science, many departments are requiring that their personnel be Emergency Medical Technicians. In Corvallis, the entry-level firefighter must have EMT - Basic certification. This training is available at most community colleges in Oregon.