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 will be established in March 2020.

Tentative Schedule

Mar 2020: Begin pre-employment screening for recruit class #113

Apr 2020: Candidate physical ability testing (CPAT)

May 2020: Fire Chief interviews

Jun - Jul 2020: Conditional offer, background check, medical & psychological evaluations

Aug 2020: Recruit class #113 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 will be established March 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