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 last class hired from this register, Recruit Class #122, will start in February of 2025.

Tentative Schedule

April 2024: Panel interviews and conditional offers for Recruit Class #121

May-July 2024: Background checks and medical & psychological evaluations for Recruit Class #121

May 22, 2024: SFD-led EMT course for conditionally-offered candidates

July-Aug. 2024: Employee packets, CPATs, and suitability assessments for Recruit Class #122

Aug. 14, 2024: Recruit Class #121 begins

Sept. 2024: Panel interviews and conditional offers for Recruit Class #122

Oct.- Dec. 2024: Background checks and medical & psychological evaluations for Recruit Class #121

Feb. 2025: Recruit Class #122 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, August 2023, February 2024, August 2024 and February 2025. The next application period will open in the fall of 2024 and the first class hired from it will start in August 2025.


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.

For this process, the department will only accept CPAT results completed through the National Testing Network using the provided voucher. Candidates who don't pass the CPAT will have the opportunity to retake it during our next screening process.

Candidates who pass the CPAT will receive a letter from NTN verifying their passing score. This letter should be sent to for processing.

Suitability Assessment

The pre-offer suitability assessment is conducted through Public Safety Psychological Services. Eligible candidates will receive instructions on how to self-schedule their assessment. Suitability assessment results will be sent directly to the department.

Out of state candidates

There are no residency requirements for Seattle Fire Department applicants; however, some aspects of the hiring process will require the candidate to travel to the Seattle area. Interviews, post-conditional medical assessments, and gear fittings will take place Seattle, and candidates may also have to travel to complete the CPAT if their state does not have a National Testing Network location. Candidates who receive a final offer will also be expected to attend an in-person orientation, which is typically scheduled the Monday prior to the Recruit Class start date.

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.

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Harold Scoggins, Fire Chief
Address: 301 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: 301 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA, 98104
Phone: (206) 386-1400
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The Seattle Fire Department (SFD) has 33 fire stations located throughout the City. SFD deploys engine companies, ladder companies, and aid and medic units to mitigate loss of life and property resulting from fires, medical emergencies, and other disasters.