Hiring Process

Testing Process

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The 2022 Seattle Fire Department application period closed on April 19, 2022. We anticipate the next application period will open in 2024. To be notified when the next application period begins, please sign up here.

FireTEAM Test and Public Safety Self Assessment 1 Video Exams

The FireTEAM test includes reading, math and mechanical reasoning components as well as a scored human relations exam. The assessment takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete.  Rescheduling an exam will be allowed at least one week in advance of a scheduled exam. You are encouraged to arrive one-half hour early as late arrivals will not be admitted to the examination site. Reasonable testing accommodation is available.

The Public Safety Self Assessment 1 is completed online and takes approximately one-half hour to complete. The questionnaire is timed and once started, you will have on hour to complete the questionnaire. You should arrange for a minimum of one hour on a computer with internet access. If needed, computer resources are available through Seattle or King County Public Libraries.

Veteran Preference

Veteran's scoring criteria is applied to passing test scores for qualified candidates per Washington state law (RCW 41.01.010). Veterans wishing to claim preference points will be instructed to provide documentation to the Fire Exams unit that indicates an honorable discharge.

Firefighter Register

Applicants who successfully pass all portions of the testing process will be placed on the Firefighter Register. The top 25% of candidates on the register are added to a certified hiring list, which is forwarded to the Seattle Fire Department for further screening. Firefighter Registers are typically active for two years.

Pre-Employment Screening

Employment Packet

Eligible candidates will receive an employment packet to complete. The employment packet requests a variety of information, including employment, education history, references and EMT status. Any additional information you would like reviewed may be submitted with the employment packet.

Suitability Assessment

Eligible candidates will schedule an appointment to take a series of questionnaires. These questionnaires are used to evaluate your personal history, personality style and emotional stability. The suitability assessment is pass/fail.

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

To prepare for the CPAT, you should engage in advanced physical training, target 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.

Interview

Eligible candidates will meet with a hiring panel for a formal business interview. Selected candidates will sign a conditional offer of employment. A final hire offer will be extended barring a failed medical, psychological or background check.

Medical + Psychological + Background Check

The medical exam includes a comprehensive medical history, blood and urine samples, body fat composition, hearing/vision testing, treadmill, physical condition assessment and other related medical tests. You will be asked to provide complete and accurate information in a medical questionnaire and during the medical examination with our physician. Our physicians reference the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) guidelines when conducting firefighter candidate medical evaluations. You may review NFPA 1582 online at www.nfpa.org.

The psychological exam includes a series of written questionnaires followed by an interview with a clinical psychologist.

The background check includes a careful review of criminal history and driving record.

Questions

Questions regarding submitting an application, test dates and veteran's scoring criteria should be directed to the Seattle Department of Human Resources Fire & Police Exams Unit via email to firecareers@seattle.gov.

Technical assistance with scheduling the FireTEAM test or completing the PSSA Part 1 should be directed to National Testing Network at (866) 563-3882.

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.