2018 Candidates

The Seattle Fire Department Firefighter application period is open now.

Apply online. Be sure to review the hiring process and job posting before submitting your application. If you need assistance with your online application, email firecareers@seattle.gov. The application period closes June 12, 2018.

You are encouraged to attend a Firefighter Applicant Workshop to learn more.

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.

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.


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.