2018 Candidates

The following information is for candidates who submitted an application for Firefighter this year. The 2018 application period closed June 12, 2018. Testing results were emailed to all candidates in mid-September.

The Seattle Fire Department scheduled the top 90 candidates for Fire Chief interviews throughout November 2018. Candidates selected for Recruit Class 110 have been contacted. If you were not contacted, please note that your name remains on the current Firefighter Register for consideration for future hiring from this list.

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

Note that King County is offering an EMT scholarship through their Strategic Training and Recruitment Program (S.T.A.R.). See flyer and application due January 18, 2019.

Tentative Schedule

Jun 2018: Application period & testing assessments

Aug 2018: Oral board exams

Sep 2018: Firefighter Register established

Sep - Dec 2018: Pre-employment screening for recruit school 110

Jan 2019: Recruit school 110 begins (January 30, 2019)

Feb 2019: Employment packet, written suitability assessments

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. 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.