Firefighter Applicant FAQs

Projected Hiring

The 2018 hiring register was established September 2018. A total of 30 recruits were hired into recruit class #110 on January 30, 2019. Pre-employment screening is underway for recruit class #111. We plan to hire 30 recruits to start August 7, 2019.

An additional recruit class will be hired from the current 2018 hiring register in February 2020.We anticipate our next Entry-Level Firefighter application filing period will open this fall. You may sign up to be notified by email when the next application period begins at Enter your email address in the "Receive News From" box and click "Sign Up."


The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is administered after the Testing Process. If you are ranked within the top 25% of candidates on the 2018 Firefighter Register, we will send you 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 to updated my contact information?

If you have submitted an application, you should update your contact information by logging into your account on

Do I need to be EMT certified?

You do not need to be EMT certified to apply or test for the position of Seattle Firefighter.

You will need to have a current Washington state EMT certification or be eligible for certification sponsorship prior to the start of recruit school. Due to the length of our hiring process, candidates have time to meet the EMT requirement during the testing and pre-employment screening process. A limited number of candidates will be offered space in an EMT course.

If you possess a National Registry certification or certification from another state, please see King County reciprocity requirements.

Should I submit a resume or certifications?

Background documents such as resumes, cover letters, or certifications are not accepted during the application or testing process. If you score in the top 25% of the Firefighter register you will be asked to submit background documents to the Seattle Fire Department.


Questions regarding submitting an application, test dates, and veteran's scoring criteria should be directed to the Seattle Department of Human Resources Fire & Police Exams Unit via email to

Technical assistance with scheduling the FireTEAM test or completing the work attitudes questionnaire should be directed to National Testing Network at (866) 563-3882.

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