The South Portland Fire Department is a “combination” department, which means there are full time employees and call companies.
Fulltime Firefighters are hired through a process that is overseen by the Civil Service Commission.
For more information on the Civil Service process see the Civil Service Ordinance
Job Description: Career Firefighter-EMT
Applicants interested in becoming Call Firefighters may apply at any time. Members must be 18 years of age, have no significant legal issues (driving record or criminal history), Diploma or GED, and drivers license. Members should live close to their desired station as they will need to respond to the station for emergencies. All call firefighters respond from home or work, there is no “per-diem” coverage in South Portland.
Application Information for: Call Company Membership
Application: General City Application
Job Description: Call Company Firefighter
The department does allow applicant that are under 18 years of age to become student firefighters. Due to their age and restrictions placed on them by the Maine Bureau of Labor Standards they are classified differently and have a different set of rules than regular firefighters. The department only accepts a few students each year.
Application for: Student Program