SEATTLE FIRE DEPARTMENT
Fire Department Headquarters, 301 2nd AV S.
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON 98104
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Updated: November 14, 2019
Job Classification: Firefighter
The Seattle Fire Department is currently hiring for the position of Firefighter. This is an invite-only testing process. To be invited to test, first you must complete a department application here. Seattle Fire Department is accepting applications from October 1st, 2019 to November 26th, 2019.
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will receive an email notification inviting you to take the FireTEAM test and complete the Work Attitudes Questionnaire (WAQ) through NTN. Both the FireTEAM test and the WAQ must be completed by the closing date of December 10 th, 2019.
Applicants can choose to complete the FireTEAM test at a Washington State testing location between the dates of October 15 and December 10, 2019 at no cost. Results from this test may not be transferred to any other job application.
Applicants can transfer any FireTEAM score earned from testing at a Washington State testing location between April 15 and December 10th, 2019 at no cost.
Note: Additional testing times and location will be continuously added during the application and testing window. If you need to change your testing time or location, please contact National Testing Network customer service at 866-563-3882 at least one week before your registered appointment. Please do not wait until the end of the testing period to schedule your exam, as spaces are still limited.
Vacancies: It is anticipated that approximately 25-50 positions will be filled annual, depending on attrition and budget.
Salary Information: $29.58 - $36.98 Hourly
The starting annual salary for a Fire Recruit is $72,900 per year with step, longevity and cost of living pay increases per union contract.
In addition to promotional opportunities, there are several premium pay assignments available to Firefighters. These assignments include between five and 20 percent premium pay.
Department Overview: 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.
Under 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.
Age: 18 years of age
High School Grad/GED: Yes
Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes
Work Eligibility: Must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire.
Valid State Driver's License: Yes
Necessary Certifications: Candidates must 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: http://www.seattle.gov/firejobs/emt-requirement
Employment Disqualifiers: 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.
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
The City of Seattle is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in its workforce.