Applied in 2019?

The following information is for candidates who submitted an application for Firefighter in 2019. The 2019 application period closed November 26, 2019, and the 2020 Firefighter Register was established on March 3, 2020. The next application period is scheduled for fall of 2022.

Tentative Schedule

Oct - Nov 2021: Conditional offer, background checks, and medical & psychological evaluations for recruit class #116

Nov 2021: EMT course for recruit class #116

Jan - Feb 2022: Employment packets, CPATS, and suitability assessments for recruit class #117

Feb 2022: Recruit class #116 begins

Mar - Apr 2022: Fire chief interviews for recruit class #117

May - Jul 2022: Conditional offers, background checks, and medical & psychological evaluations for recruit class #117

Jun - Jul 2022: EMT course for recruit class #117

Aug 2022: Recruit class #117 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 2020 hiring register was established on March 3, 2020. We anticipate this register will be used to fill recruit classes in Aug 2020, Feb 2021, Aug 2021, Feb 2022, Aug 2022, and Feb 2023.


The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is administered after the Testing Process and hiring register is established. Eligible candidates will receive 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