- Minimum of 18 years old
- High School Graduate or GED
- Certified as NH Firefighter Level II
- Certified as a National Registry EMT Basic. Advanced EMT or Paramedic preferred.
- Completion of the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
When the department does have a vacancy, identified individuals that meet the above are asked to participate in a program that consists of a resume review and an oral board evaluation. From there, those candidates that are considered for employment must successfully complete a process that includes a criminal and driving record check, and a physical examination. This challenging process insures that the department and community can be confident that a Portsmouth Firefighter is well qualified, is sound in judgment and character, and is prepared for the physical demands of the profession.
The department always welcomes inquiries on becoming a member of the department or embarking on a career in fire and emergency medical services. The NH Division of Fire Standards and Emergency Medical Services is also a valuable asset in learning more about becoming a firefighter or EMT in New Hampshire. They can be contacted at: