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

The 2018 hiring register was established September 2018. Hiring for a January 30, 2019 recruit class is underway. We anticipate additional recruit classes will be hired from the current 2018 hiring register in August 2019 and also in February 2020.

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.