2016 Candidates

Candidates who passed the 2015-16 testing process were added to the current 2016 Firefighter Register. The Department plans to hire a recruit class to start August 8, 2018 from the 2016 Firefighter Register.

Conditional offers are being extended to selected candidates, starting May 16, 2018, and will continue for the next several weeks.

May 31, 2018: CPAT due.

June 2018: Medicals & psychological exams.

August 8, 2018: Recruit Class 109 begins.

Frequently Asked Questions

Four recruit classes have been hired from the current 2016 firefighter register. We are hiring a fifth class from this current regsiter, to start August 8, 2018. The 2016 firefighter register will remain active until the 2018 firefighter register is established.

Hiring for a February 2019 recruit class is anticipated to be made from the 2018 firefighter register.

The next Firefighter application period will be scheduled as needed and Department budget allows.

The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is administered after the Testing Process. If you are ranked within the top 25% of candidates on the 2018 Firefighter Register, we will send you a paid CPAT voucher.

You should engage in advanced physical training prior to the CPAT, targeting muscle groups used in lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying and other actions related to Firefighter tasks. A workout program may include distance running, sprints, rowing, stair climbing with weight pack and weight lifting to develop both the upper and lower body.

Download/View the Candidate Preparation Guide for information about specific physical training and weight lifting in preparation for the CPAT.

The CPAT exam is comprised of eight stations that are completed in one continuous sequence. The test is pass/fail. Download/view the CPAT Orientation Guide for detailed information.

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No. You do not need to be EMT certified to apply or test for Seattle Firefighter.

You will need to have a current Washington state EMT certification or be eligible for certification sponsorship prior to the start of recruit school. Due to the length of our hiring process, candidates have time to meet the EMT requirement during the testing and pre-employment process. A limited number of candidates will be offered space in an EMT course during the pre-employment process.

If you possess a National Registry certification or certification from another state, please see King County reciprocity requirements.

Background documents such as resumes, cover letters, or certifications are not accepted during the application or testing process. If you score in the top 25% of the Firefighter register you will be asked to submit background documents to the Seattle Fire Department.

The 2018 Firefighter application period closed June 12, 2018. If you submitted an application, you must complete both the Work Attitudes Questionnaire as well as schedule and complete the Firefighter Testing Assessment by June 23, 2018.

If you have not received your scheduling email, please be sure to check your spam folder for the National Testing Network (NTN) email. Scheduling emails were sent from donotreply@nationaltestingnetwork.com. If you do not find the e-mail in your junk folder, please contact NTN Support at (866) 563-3882.

Also, make sure your email address was correctly entered in your application. If you change your email address in the governmentjobs.com application system, you'll need to contact NTN Support to have your scheudling email re-sent.