2016 Candidates

Candidates who passed the 2015-16 testing process were added to the current 2016 Firefighter Register. The top 25% of candidates on the register proceed to the pre-employment process.

Below is a tentative pre-employment process schedule for eligible 2016 candidates. Emails were sent Mar. 22, 2017 regarding employment packet and pre-employment exam scheduling.

April 3: Employment Packet or Update Packet due
March 31 - April 2: Pre-Employment Exam Session (GovernmentJobs lists this appointment as an Oral Board, sorry for the confusion!)
April 24-May 2: Pre-Employment Interviews (only for candidates who did not already participate)
June 30: CPAT due
May/June: Conditional Offers for Recruit Class 107
June: Medical and Psychological Exams
August 9: Recruit Class 107

Frequently Asked Questions

The first recruit class hired from this testing process started Aug. 10, 2016 (30 candidates). The second class will start Feb. 8, 2017 (30 candidates). A third class of 30 recruits is anticipated to be hired in August 2017 from this current 2016 hiring list.

The 2016 hiring list will remain active until a new hiring list is established. It is unknown at this time when the next application period and testing process will be scheduled.


Candidates within the top 25% of the register will receive a paid Seattle Fire Department CPAT Voucher. All candidates must complete a CPAT with a Seattle Fire Department voucher. Vouchers are valid only with National Testing Network.

For a list of locations outside of Washington State, visit the National Testing Network website at https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/testing-locations.cfm.

Update your contact information on the governmentjobs website by logging in at www.GovernmentJobs.com.


No. You do not need to be EMT certified to apply or test for Seattle Firefighter.

You will need to have a current Washington state EMT certification or be eligible for certification sponsorship prior to the start of recruit school. Due to the length of our hiring process, candidates have time to meet the EMT requirement during the testing and pre-employment process. A limited number of candidates will be offered space in an EMT course during the pre-employment process.

If you possess a National Registry certification or certification from another state, please see King County reciprocity requirements.