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.


Candidates within the top 25% of the register will receive a paid Seattle Fire Department CPAT Voucher. All candidates must complete a CPAT with a Seattle Fire Department voucher. Vouchers are valid only with National Testing Network.

For a list of locations outside of Washington State, visit the National Testing Network website at https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/testing-locations.cfm.

Update your contact information on the governmentjobs website by logging in at www.GovernmentJobs.com.


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.