2018 Candidates

The following information is for candidates who submitted an application for Firefighter in 2018. The 2018 application period closed June 12, 2018, and the 2018 Firefighter Register was established in September 2018. Recruit class #110 was the first class from the 2018 Register, hired January 30, 2019.

Pre-employment screening has begun for recruit class #111. We anticipate hiring 30 recruits to begin on August 7, 2019. Scheduling notices were emailed out March 22, 2019, to candidates eligible to attend Fire Chief interviews. For this round of hiring, we are able to acommodate interviews through approximately rank #216 on the current hiring register (due to ongoing submissions of veterans preference points, most candidate's ranking has changed slightly).

Selection for the Spring EMT course has not yet been completed.

From the 2018 Firefighter Register, we anticipate another round of hiring for recruit class #112, to start February 2020. We anticipate accepting applications later this year, with a new hiring register established in 2020. 

Tentative Schedule

Feb 2019: Begin pre-employment screening for recruit school 111

Mar 2019: Candidate physical ability testing (CPAT)

Mar - Apr 2019: Fire Chief interviews

Apr 2019: Conditional offer & background check

Apr - May 2019: Medical & psychological evaluations

Jun 2019: SFD sponsored EMT course (available to candidates selected for hire)

Aug 2019: Recruit school 111 begins (August 7, 2019)


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.

The 2018 hiring register was established September 2018. A total of 30 recruits were hired into recruit class #110 on January 30, 2019. Pre-employment screening is underway for recruit class #111. We plan to hire 30 recruits to start August 7, 2019.

An additional recruit class will be hired from the current 2018 hiring register in February 2020.

We anticipate our next Entry-Level Firefighter application filing period will open this fall. You may sign up to be notified by email when the next application period begins at http://www.seattle.gov/fire/jobs-and-opportunities. Enter your email address in the "Receive News From" box and click "Sign Up."

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.