City of Seattle Personnel Department



OVERVIEW OF THE POSITION: Under general supervision, a Fire Fighter responds to fires, accidents, and medical emergencies to protect life and property; participates in fire inspection, fire prevention activities, station maintenance, and training activities; and to perform related work as required.


SALARY RANGE : Starting salary is $5,238 per month, increasing to $5,552 after six months, and to $5,866, $6,179, $6,493 in successive annual steps. Opportunities exist for specialty pay positions (without further civil service examination) of Paramedic Technician, Fire Prevention Inspector, FIU Investigator, Driver, Fire Dispatcher and various specialty teams including Technical Rescue, Hazardous Materials Response Team, and Marine Team.


VACANCIES: It is anticipated that approximately 24 positions will be filled annually, depending on attrition and budget.



If you submit an application, you will receive notification on or before January 31, 2011, advising you of the time and place of the written exam. In the application process, indicate your preference for notification via email or US mail. If you do not receive a notice of the time and location for your exam by January 31, 2011, it is your responsibility to call the office on or before February 4, 2011 at (206) 615-0581 to request the exam scheduling information.


*NOTE:  There is a non-refundable $25.00 fee required for application/testing (for candidates who are unable to pay, a fee waiver is available; see the waiver option that is part of the online and/or paper applications).


REQUIREMENTS AT THE TIME OF APPOINTMENT: (The requirements listed below are required in order to be hired; however, they are not required in order to take the exam)

A.        Age Requirement: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age or older.

B.         Educational Requirement: Applicants must have a high school diploma or have passed an equivalency test (G.E.D.)

C.        License: Applicants must possess a valid State of Washington Driver ís License

D.        EMT Certification: Applicants must obtain a Washington State Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification or proof of EMT course completion.  For information on obtaining EMT certification, go to:      



A.        Written Exam:  A description of the written exam will be included in your exam notification.  You may see the written exam description at:

You may find information on optional written exam study workshops at:


B.         Oral Interviews:  Candidates who pass the written exam will be scheduled for the first oral interview.  Candidates who are successful in the first oral interview will be scheduled for a second oral interview. 

:    After the entire civil service examination process is completed and the eligible list is established, the Candidate Physical Ability Test will be administered (through the Seattle Fire Department) only to the top 25% of those candidates on the eligible list (this is a list of candidates who pass the written and both oral exams). 


Applicants may request reasonable accommodation to complete the examination process by filing a written request for accommodation at least three (3) weeks prior to the written exam and/or oral interview. Send your written request for accomodation with appropriate documentation to the following address: Colleen Lafferty, Seattle Personnel Department - Fire Exams, PO Box 34028, Seattle, WA 98124-4028. Please specify the type of accommodation requested, supported by documentation, and allow for sufficient time for arrangements to be made.





Candidates must be available to participate in all parts of the exam process as listed below:


Written Exam:  Saturday or Sunday, February 26 or 27, 2011

Candidates who pass the written exam will be scheduled for the first oral exam:

Oral Exam:  March 19 - April 2, 2011  (these dates are tentative and will be adjusted as necessary)

Candidates successful in the first oral exam will be scheduled for the second oral exam:

2nd Oral Exam:  May 12 - 21, 2011  (these dates are tentative and will be adjusted as necessary)


EXAMINATION PROCESS:  Candidates who pass all portions of the exam wilI be placed on an eligible list according to their performance on the oral exams (including veteranís preference). Candidates will be informed of their final score and ranking on the eligible list by approximately July 1, 2011 .    


The Personnel Departmentís role is to establish an eligible list and, upon request by the Seattle Fire Department, to certify (provide names, addresses, etc.) the top 25% of all the candidates on the eligible list. The Fire Department will directly contact those individuals whom they have selected to proceed to the next step in the pre-employment process.


The City of Seattle is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all who are interested in becoming a Fire Fighter to apply.


The Seattle Fire Department makes all hiring decisions after a multi-step pre-employment selection process, which includes a background investigation, additional interviews, physical agility exam, psychological and medical exams.  A pre-employment drug test is required by the Seattle Fire Department.  Candidates must possess a valid Washington State EMT certification at the time of appointment.




A.     Candidates must pass each part of the examination process to be placed on the eligible list.


B.      All candidates will be required to present identification showing a photograph at each phase of the examination process (e.g. driverís license, military identification, etc.).


C.     After appointment to a regular firefighter position, the employee must serve a one year probationary period during which the employee must demonstrate the ability to perform the work assigned to the position.


D.     Applicants/eligibles must notify a change of address promptly to the Personnel Department in writing.


E.            Applicants claiming Veteransí Preference (see application for specific criteria) for the exam must submit to the Personnel Department a copy of their long-form DD214 showing their honorable discharge in order to  receive veteransí preference points.






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