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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to questions frequently received by Seattle Fire. 

Employment | Fire Prevention | Medic One/CPR Training
 Visiting/Ride-A-Longs | Miscellaneous

Employment
1. When will Seattle Fire begin taking applications for Entry-Level Firefighters?    Answer
2. When will the written test be scheduled?  Answer

3.

How do I transfer Firefighter, Paramedic or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification from another jurisdiction?  Answer

4.

Will Firefighter, Paramedic or EMT certification help me with employment as a Seattle Firefighter?  Answer

5.

Do I have to go through Recruit School if I am already employed as a Firefighter, Paramedic or EMT?   Answer
6. How do I become a Paramedic in Seattle?   Answer
7. Which schools offer classes to become an EMT or Paramedic?   Answer
8. Can I volunteer as a Firefighter in Seattle?   Answer
9. Will a criminal record prevent me from applying for a job as a Seattle Firefighter?    Answer

 

Fire Prevention
1. How do I submit a complaint about:     Answer
  • fire code or fire permit violations
  • trash build up at a home or business
  • locked exit doors
  • bars on windows with no quick-release latch
2. Are fireworks legal in Seattle?    Answer
3. How do I dispose of fireworks, explosives and ammunition?    Answer
4. Who do I notify about a fire hydrant covered with weeds or brush?          Answer
5. Where can I find information about the My Permit Required Confined Space Entry Program?   Answer

6.

How far is the nearest fire station and fire hydrant from my house?    Answer

 

Medic One & CPR Training
1. How do I donate to the Seattle Fire Department’s Medic One program?    Answer
2. How do I receive CPR certification?    Answer
3. How do I replace lost CPR certification documents?    Answer

 

Visiting and Ride-A-Longs
1. Where do I buy a Fire Department T-shirt or sweatshirt?   Answer
2. Can I stay at a fire station when I visit Seattle?   Answer
3. Can I tour a fire station?   Answer
4. Can I ride-along with an Aid Crew or a Fire crew?    Answer

 

Miscellaneous
1. Does the Seattle Fire Department donate used bunking gear or equipment?   Answer
2. When will the Apparatus Showcase on the web site have new or updated pictures?   Answer
3. How do I find help installing a baby seat in my car?    Answer
4. I own a vacant structure that needs to be demolished.  Can the Fire Department use it for training?   Answer
5. When viewing Real-Time 911 or the Emergency Reports, I see the emergency response types displayed for the incidents but what do they mean?   Answer

 


 

Q When will Seattle Fire begin taking applications for Entry-Level Firefighters?
A The Seattle Fire Department usually opens the application process once a year.  Check the Employment section of this web site on a periodic basis if you are interested in applying.

 

Q When will the written test be scheduled?
A The Seattle Personnel Department Fire & Police Exams unit schedules the written test. You may find application and testing information at: http://www.seattle.gov/personnel/employment/exams.asp .  To contact the Personnel Department, please call 206-615-0581.

 

Q How do I transfer Firefighter, Paramedic or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification from another jurisdiction?
A Firefighter certification may help you succeed as a Seattle Firefighter, however, you are still required to go through the Department's testing and selection process and successfully complete the Recruit Training Program if hired.  There is no reciprocity for prior experience with other agencies as a Firefighter, Paramedic, Hazardous Materials Technician, Rescue Specialist, etc.

For information about EMT Certification and EMT reciprocity call King County
Medic One at 206-296-4860:

 

Q Will Firefighter, Paramedic or EMT certification help me with employment as a Seattle Firefighter?
A EMT certification is a requirement for employment as a Seattle Firefighter. Any other fire or life safety experience may help you pass the physical agility tests, interviews and recruit training. However, there is no preference given to prior experience in the tests or requirements for employment.

Please review our web site for information regarding Veterans’ preference on test scores.
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Q Do I have to go through recruit school if I am already employed as Firefighter, Paramedic or EMT?
A Yes. We do not support a lateral transfer hiring program. All candidates are required to apply via the Department’s entry-level testing process and attend our Recruit Training Program once offered employment.

 

Q How do I become a Paramedic in Seattle?
A You must be a Seattle Firefighter in order to become a Paramedic in the Seattle Fire Department. Firefighters must serve three years in the Department before they are eligible to apply for Paramedic training. Once a Seattle firefighter is accepted into the Paramedic Program, they attend the Medic One Paramedic Training Program.

For information about becoming a Paramedic elsewhere in King County please
contact the King County Medic One office.

For a list of approved EMT training programs you should contact the Washington State Department of Health or the King County Emergency Services Division.
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Q Which schools offer classes to become an EMT or Paramedic?
A Many community colleges around the country and in Washington State offer
Firefighter I, EMT, and other training. The University of Washington is the only
school in Seattle that offers qualified classes for Paramedics. You must be a
Seattle Frefighter to attend the Paramedic training.

Learn more about Seattle Fire's EMT Certification Requirement and view of list of schools that provide EMT Certification training.

For Basic Firefighter Training you can contact your local community college or the Washington State Fire Marshal.

 
Q Can I volunteer as a Firefighter in Seattle?
A

The Seattle Fire Department does not support a volunteer or intern Firefighter program. However the Department does offer a Senior Fire Cadet program and a Company 511 Fire Cadet Program.

You may also visit the Washington State Firefighter's Association for volunteer opportunities in the area.

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Q Will a criminal record prevent me from applying for a job as a Seattle Firefighter?  
A A misdemeanor or felony does not disqualify you from applying to Seattle Fire
Department.  Keep in mind that the hiring process is very competitive and any
negative background information will affect your chances of being offered a
position.

 

Q How do I submit a complaint about:  
  • fire code or fire permit violations
  • trash build up at a home or business
  • locked exit doors
  • bars on windows with no quick-release latch
A Contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 206-386-1450 during business hours.

 

Q Are fireworks legal in Seattle?
A The sale, possession, use or discharge of any fireworks or pyrotechnics special effects in the City of Seattle is prohibited, except where authorized by a Seattle Fire Department permit. If you see someone using illegal fireworks, call 9-1-1 and report the problem to the Seattle Police Department.

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Q How do I dispose of fireworks, explosives and ammunition?
A Contact the Police Department at 206-684-8980 for assistance with the appropriate disposal of fireworks, flares, explosives, ammunition or weapons.

 

Q Who do I notify about a fire hydrant covered with weeds or brush? 
A Please contact Seattle Public Utilities at 206-386-1800. Seattle Public Utilities owns and manages the fire hydrants in the City of Seattle.

 

Q Where can I find information about the My Permit Required Confined Space Entry Program?
A

The My Permit Required Confined Space Entry Program applies to any individual, group of individuals, contractor or employer that makes entry into permit required confined spaces inside the City of Seattle.  Seattle Fire Department provides the following information for this program:

Confined Space User Info    MS Word

Confined Space User Info    PDF

 

Q How far is the nearest fire station and fire hydrant from my house?
A You can locate the nearest fire station and hydrant through the City’s main web site. Go to the MY NEIGHBORHOOD section located on the home page of the City of Seattle web site and type in your address.  Look under "Public Safety and you will see the location of the nearest fire station. To see fire hydrants go to “zoom level 6”. There will be a list of hydrants and the distance from your address at the bottom of the screen.

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Q How do I donate to the Seattle Fire Department’s Medic One program? 
A Please send your donation to:

    Seattle Fire Department
    301 Second Avenue South
    Seattle, Wa 98104

Donations for emergency medical services can be made payable to the “Medic
One Gift & Trust Fund”.  Contributions for fire suppression and rescue activities should be made out to the “Fire and Hazard Mitigation Gift and Trust Fund.
 
Q How do I receive CPR certification? 
A The Seattle Fire Department's Medic II Program provides training classes in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and choking techniques.  Contact the Medic II Office at 206-684-7274 for more information.

 

Q How do I replace lost CPR certification documents?
A Contact Seattle Fire Department's Medic II office at 206-684-7274.

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Q Where do I buy a Fire Department T-shirt or sweatshirt?
A The Firefighter’s Union, Local 27, has an online store that sells merchandise with their union logo or you can visit the Local 27 store at:
517 Second Avenue West, Seattle

 

Q Can I stay at a fire station when I visit Seattle? 
A Please review the Seattle Fire Department's Visitor Policy for information on extended visits.

 

Q Can I tour a fire station? 
A Scheduled tours of fire stations are available upon request.  Please review the Station Tours information page.

 

Q Can I ride along with an Aid Crew or a Fire crew?
A Seattle Fire Department does schedule ride-alongs.  For more information, please review the Ride-Along Policy.  You are not eligible for a ride-along if you are currently in the Seattle Fire Department application or pre-employment screening process.

 

Q Does the Seattle Fire Department donate used bunking gear or equipment? 
A The Department does not donate bunking gear or equipment. Please contact the Fleets and Facilities Department at 206-684-0827 or visit the City of Seattle Warehousing Services for surplus equipment.

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Q When will the Apparatus Showcase on the web site have new or updated pictures? 
A There is no dedicated staff or effort by the Fire Department to take pictures of fire apparatus.

If you have an apparatus photo that you would like to have considered for inclusion in the Apparatus Showcase, please review the following:

   1.  Pictures must be in a digital file format (JPEG Preferred).
   2.  E-Mail the photo to Seattle Fire and include your name
        if you would like credit for the photo. (Seattle Fire does not pay for
        use of photos)
   3.  Photos will be reviewed based on clarity, proximity to the apparatus
        and whether or not the apparatus is currently assigned to a station.
   3.  Photos selected for inclusion in the Apparatus Showcase are at the sole
        discretion of Seattle Fire Department. 

 

Q How do I find help installing a baby seat in my car? 
A Contact the Safety Restraint Coalition at 425-828-8975 for locations
near you that perform this service.

 

Q I own a vacant structure that needs to be demolished.  Can the Fire Department use it for training?  
A Possibly.  Seattle Fire Department do you vacant structures to conduct training.  From a single-family residence to large commercial structures, these buildings provide excellent training opportunities for Firefighters.  For more information contact the Seattle Fire Department Training Division at
206-386-1771 and visit our Vacant Buildings info page.

 

Q When viewing Real-Time 911 or the Emergency Reports, I see the emergency response types displayed for the incidents but what do they mean?
A Seattle Fire does provide a list of the most frequently used emergency response codes

 

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Last Modified:   February 18, 2014

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