2018 Candidates

The 2018 Firefighter application period closed June 12, 2018. If you submitted an application during the 2018 application period, and passed both the Work Attitudes Questionnaire and Firefighter Testing Assessment, you will receive scheduling information for an Oral Board no later than July 27, 2018.

Tentative Timeline

Jun 2018: Application period & Firefithter Testing Assessment

Aug 2018: Oral Boards

Sep 2018: Firefighter Register established, top 25% of candidates proceed to pre-employment screening

Sep 2018: Screening exams

Oct 2018: CPAT

Nov 2018: Fire Chief Interviews

Nov 2018: SFD sponsored EMT course

Dec 2018: Medical & psychological exams

Jan 2019: Recruit School 110 begins

Recruitment Contact List

A group of Seattle Firefighters have volunteered to answer applicant questions about the job of a Seattle Firefighter and the hiring process. If you would like to be contacted by a representative, please click this link and fill out the online form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WX88S9J.


Questions regarding submitting an application, test dates, and veteran's scoring criteria should be directed to the Seattle Department of Human Resources Fire & Police Exams Unit via email to firecareers@seattle.gov.

Technical assistance with scheduling the firefighter testing assessment or completing the work attitudes questionnaire should be directed to National Testing Network at 866-563-3882.

Questions regarding pre-employment screening or the job of a Seattle Firefighter should be directed to the Seattle Fire Department Recruitment Office via email to SFD.Recruitment@seattle.gov.

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.