Capt Craig Freeman

FIREFIGHTER – Seattle Fire Department (WA)

City of Seattle Fire Department, (WA)


Salary:  $72,900.00 annually

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City of Seattle Fire Dept. (WA)

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2018 Candidates

The Seattle Fire Department Firefighter application period is open now.

Apply online. Be sure to review the hiring process and job posting before submitting your application. If you need assistance with your online application, email The application period closes June 12, 2018.

You are encouraged to attend a Firefighter Applicant Workshop to learn more.

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Minimum Qualifications:

The requirements listed below are not required at the time of application, but are required before a candidate can be hired.

  • Minimum Age: Candidates must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Education: Candidates must have a high school diploma or must have passed an equivalency test (G.E.D.).
  • License: Candidates must possess a valid Driver’s License.
  • EMT Certification: Candidates must have 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, see: EMT requirement.
  • Meet or exceed established standards throughout the hiring process.


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Seattle Firefighter Testing Assessment:

The Seattle Firefighter Testing Assessment includes reading, math and mechanical reasoning components, as well as a scored human relations exam. The assessment takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete. Applicants will receive instructions to schedule and complete the assessment between April 30, 2018 and June 23, 2018. Testing will be available at various locations in Washington State. Rescheduling an exam will be allowed at least one week in advance of a scheduled exam. You are encouraged to arrive 1/2 hour early as late arrivals will not be admitted to the examination site.

The testing assessment will be a special administration for the Seattle Fire Department. The usual National Testing Network policies barring applicants from taking the exam only once per 3 month period and sharing of scores with multiple agencies will not apply to this special administration.

Candidates will receive testing assessment results via email from the City of Seattle, Department of Human Resources by mid-July 2018.

The reading, math and mechanical reasoning components are pass/fail. The human relations portion of the assessment will be weighted at 50%.

Schedule your written exam TODAY!

Firefighter Register:

Applicants who successfully pass all portions of the testing process will be placed on the 2018 Firefighter Register. The top 25% of candidates on the register then proceed to pre-employment screening.

Job Information

Fire Department Headquarters,
301 2nd AV S.

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 April 17th, 2018 to June 12th, 2018.

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 June 23th, 2018.

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.

  • $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 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.

  • 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.

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.

Benefit Information: 

  • $72,900 starting salary.
  • Medical, dental and vision benefits for employee and family.
  • Operations Firefighters work approximately eight 24-hour shifts per month.
  • State Retirement System pension plan (LEOFF Plan 2).
  • Tax deferred compensation account with fixed City contributions (similar to a 401K plan).
  • Vacation (up to 14 shifts per year).
  • Compensatory time.
  • Sick Leave (approximately 4 shifts per year, with unlimited accrual).
  • Life and Disability Insurance.
  • Employee Assistance Program counseling and referral benefits available for employee and household members.
  • Uniform Allowance.
  • Paid military leave (256 hours) and military wage supplement pay.
  • Veterans are eligible for certain GI Bill reimbursements during Recruit School.
  • Paid Parental Leave (between 320 and 480 hours).
  • Paid Family Care Leave (up to 160 hours).
  • Other leaves include emergency, funeral, pregnancy disability, jury duty, transplant donor, family and medical, EAP counseling, and personal leave.
  • Eligibility for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program.
  • IAFF Local 27 union membership.
  • Employee Discounts (gym membership, cellphone service, and more).

Job Requirements

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:

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:

Desired Qualifications:

  • 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.

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 process.

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.

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