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.

Tentative Schedule

Feb 2021: Recruit class #114 begins

Feb - Apr 2021: Pre-employment screening for recruit class #115 (candidate physical ability testing & suitability assessments)

May 2021: Fire Chief interviews

Jun - Jul 2021: Conditional offer, background checks, medical & psychological evaluations for recruit class #115

Aug 2021: Recruit class #115 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 and Feb 2022.


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