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. Selection has concluded for recruit class #111 which will begin August 7, 2019. From the current 2018 Firefighter Register, we anticipate hiring one more recruit class to start February 2020. 

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. 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 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.How to updated my contact information?If you have submitted an application, you should update your contact information by logging into your account on

How do I update my contact information?

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