Applied in 2022?

The following information is for candidates who submitted an application for Firefighter in 2022. The 2022 application period closed April 19, 2022, and the 2022 Firefighter Register was established on June 27, 2022. The first class hired from the new register will start in February of 2023.

Tentative Schedule

Jul - Sep 2022: Employment packets, CPATs and suitability assessments for Recruit Class #118

Oct 2022: Panel interviews for Recruit Class #118

Nov 2022 - Jan 2023: Conditional offers, background checks and medical & psychological evaluations for Recruit Class #118

Feb 2023: Recruit Class #118 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 2022 hiring register was established on June 27, 2022. We anticipate this register will be used to fill recruit classes in February 2023, February 2024 and August 2024.


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 You should also email SFD HR at to make sure they have your new contact information on file.