Firefighter: Seattle Washington Deadline: June 12, 2018


Deadline: June 12, 2018

Salary: $29.58 – $36.98 Hourly

Job Description:


The mission of the Seattle Fire Department is to save lives and protect property through emergency medical services, fire and rescue response, and fire prevention. We respond immediately when any member of our community needs help with professional, effective, and compassionate service.

The Seattle Fire Department is a national leader in responding to, and preventing, emergencies with a commitment to excellence and teamwork. We seek a diverse workforce who embrace the following values:

  • Integrity – We are honest, trustworthy, and accountable. Honor guides our actions.
  • Teamwork – We each bring our own skills and experience, yet we recognize that we are better together. We support and depend on each other to achieve our goals.
  • Compassion – Caring is part of our job. We could not do what we do without a deep and motivating empathy for those we serve.
  • Courage – We show fortitude and determination in a crisis.
  • Diversity – We respect the different identities, experiences, and perspectives of those that we work with and the community we serve.

Job Responsibilities

OVERVIEW OF THE POSITIONUnder general supervision, a Firefighter responds to fires, accidents, and medical emergencies to protect life and property; participates in fire inspections, fire prevention activities, station maintenance, and training activities; and performs related work as required.  All Seattle Firefighters are either EMT or paramedic certified. 80% of emergency calls received by the Department are medical in nature.


REQUIREMENTS AT TIME OF APPOINTMENT – The requirements listed below are not required at the time of application, but are required before a candidate can be hired.   
A.  Minimum Age: Candidates must be at least 18 years of age

B.  Education: Candidates must have a high school diploma or must have passed an equivalency test (G.E.D.)

C.  License: Candidates must possess a valid Driver’s License

D.  EMT Certification: Candidates need to hold a current Washington state EMT certification or be eligible for certification sponsorship upon hire. The Seattle Fire Department will offer an EMT course to selected candidates who do not meet the EMT requirement. For more information, please visit the following webpage:

Additional Information


  • Good communication skills
  • Good driving history – A candidate’s driving record will be thoroughly assessed and may be a factor for disqualification.
  • Ability to effectively interact with people from diverse backgrounds.

SALARY RANGE:  The starting annual salary for a Fire Recruit is just under $73,000 per year with step, longevity, and cost-of-living pay increases per union contract.

  • $6,075/month – Starting Recruit Firefighter Pay
  • $6,439/month – 6 months
  • $6,803/month – 18 months
  • $7,166/month – 30 months
  • $7,530/month – 42 months

In addition to promotional opportunities, there are several premium pay assignments available to Firefighters. These assignments include between 5 and 20 percent premium pay.

VACANCIES: It is anticipated that approximately 25-50 positions will be filled annually, depending on attrition and budget. 

EXAM APPLICATION INFORMATIONApplications will be accepted April 17 through June 12, 2018.

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

  • Video Exam: Offered April 30  – June 23, 2018.  Video Exams will be conducted by the National Testing Network in Washington State locations.
  • Candidates who pass the video exam may be scheduled for an oral exam:
  • Oral Exam:  August 1- 25, 2018 (These dates are tentative and will be adjusted as necessary)


  1. Video Exam:  A description of the video exam will be included in your exam notification.
  2. Oral Board (oral interview exams):  Candidates who pass the video exam may be scheduled for an oral board exam. 

All accommodation requests will require documentation from a medical professional.

To apply for Reasonable Testing Accommodation for the video exam, you must fill out the request forms and submit them by mail to National Testing Network (NTN). NTN will consider all requests for Reasonable Testing Accommodation. Candidates will be informed of their decision. Please follow these steps:

  • Do not schedule your test. Your accommodations must be approved before you can schedule your test.
  • Print and fill out the Reasonable Testing Accommodation forms completely and mail them to National Testing Network at the address below. You can download the form here(Download PDF reader).  All sections of the form must be completed; if one of the forms does not apply, please complete it as “not applicable”.
  • When you have completed the forms mail them to this address:

National Testing Network
Accommodation Request
18720 33rd AVE W
Lynnwood, WA 98037

National Testing Network will inform you of their decision.  If you have National Testing Network approval, you will be contacted to schedule your test.  Please start this process as early as you can, as it may take several weeks to complete.

EXAMINATION PROCESS:  Candidates who pass all portions of the exam (video test and oral board) will be placed on an eligible list according to their final examination grade (including veteran’s preference points, if applicable).  Candidates will be informed of their final score and ranking on the eligible list by approximately September 15, 2018.

The role of the Seattle Department of Human Resources is to establish an eligible list and, upon request by the Seattle Fire Department, to certify the top 25% of all the candidates on the eligible list. The Fire Department will directly contact those individuals who will proceed to the next step in the pre-employment process.

The Seattle Fire Department makes all hiring decisions after a pre-employment selection process, which includes a background investigation, additional interviews, physical agility exam, and psychological and medical exams.  A pre-employment drug test is required by the Seattle Fire Department. Dishonesty or failure to disclose a material fact during any stage of the hiring process is grounds for disqualification.

The City of Seattle is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in its workforce.


  1. Candidates must pass each part of the examination process to be placed on the eligible list.
  2. All candidates will be required to present government-issued identification showing a photograph at each phase of the examination process (e.g. driver’s license, military identification, etc.).
  3. 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.
  4. Applicants must make prompt notification of a change of address to the Seattle Department of Human Resources in writing through the online application system.
  5. Candidates who qualify for veteran’s preference points will (after passing the video exam) be required to submit documentation (e.g., a copy of their long-form DD214 showing their honorable discharge) to support their claim for veteran’s preference points.  Candidates must pass all portions of the civil service exam process (video exam and oral board) before veteran’s preference points can be added to their scores.  A final exam score will then be established and veteran’s preference points will be added to that score.

Firefighter Candidate Information
To stay up-to-date with information on the examination and pre-employment processes, candidates should visit the following webpage: 

How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.


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