Minimum Qualifications

The requirements listed below are not required at the time of application, but are required before a candidate can be hired.

  • Candidates must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Candidates must have a high school diploma or have passed an equivalency test (GED).
  • Candidates must possess a valid Driver's License.
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification is not required at the time of application. Candidates must possess or be eligible for a valid Washington State EMT certification at the time of hire. The Department offers enrollment in an EMT course to a limited number of candidates. See: EMT requirement.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English.
  • Meet or exceed established standards throughout the hiring process.


Questions about the hiring process should be directed to the Seattle Fire Department Recruitment Office via email to