Applied in 2018?

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. Candidate screening is underway for a third round of hiring from this hiring list into recruit class #112. Note that we were able to schedule candidates through rank 348 in Fire Chief interviews.

Tentative Schedule

Sep 2019: Begin pre-employment screening for recruit class #112

Oct 2019: Candidate physical ability testing (CPAT)

Nov 2019: Fire Chief interviews

Nov - Dec 2019: Conditional offer, background check, medical & psychological evaluations

Feb 2020: Recruit class #112 begins


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


Projected Hiring

The 2018 hiring register was established September 2018. We are screening candidates for recruit class #112 which will start February 2020.

We are currently accepting applications for Firefighter. The first class hired from the current application and testing would begin August 2020. Candidates on the current register are encouraged to apply in order to remain eligible for hire.


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.

How Do I Update My Information?

If you have submitted an application, you should update your contact information by logging into your account on