Below is a detailed timeline of our organization’s hiring plan for the fall of 2022. Please review this timeline to ensure you’re able to accommodate these dates into your schedule, should you be selected for an interview.
July 15 | Registration Opens
Candidates who take, or have already taken, the written exam and would like to have their scores sent to WA Fire Careers (and our agencies) can do so through National Testing Network starting July 15.
August 31 | Registration Closes
Registration closes on August 31. Candidates will no longer be able to test for WA Fire Careers or have their scores sent to WA Fire Careers for consideration in the fall hiring session.
September 8 | Invitation to Oral Boards
Candidates selected to move forward in the hiring process will receive an invitation via email to self-schedule their oral board interview from each interested agency. They will also receive a link to complete their Agency Preference List form, which must be completed by September 23.
September 15 - 23 | Oral Boards
During oral boards, candidates will participate in an in-person panel interview at the South King County Training Consortium. Be sure that you have completed your Personal History Questionnaire through National Testing Network prior to your oral board interview.
September 23 | Initial Agency Preference List Deadline
Candidates are required to complete their Agency Preference List by September 23 to be considered for the next phase of the hiring process.
September 29 | Invitation to Fire Chief Interviews
Candidates who successfully complete their preference list and are selected to move forward from the oral boards will receive an invitation to self-schedule their Fire Chief interviews from each interested agency.
October 6 - 13 | Fire Chief Interviews
Candidates will participate in Fire Chief interviews for each agency.
October 14 | Final Deadline to Update Agency Preference List
As candidates learn more about our agencies, their preference on which agency they would most like to work for may change. Candidates have until October 14 to update their Agency Preference List.
October 19 | Conditional Job Offers
Finalist candidates will be extended a conditional offer from the agency that presented the best fit. Each eligible candidate will only receive one conditional job offer.
November 1 - December 31 | Background Process
Candidates who accept the conditional offers will move forward with the background check process. This includes a comprehensive background check, a medical exam, and a psychological exam, scheduled and funded by the agency performing the background process.
January 4 (2023) | Final Offer Confirmed
Once background, medical, and psych evaluations are concluded, without issue, finalist candidates will receive their final offer/confirmation of employment. CONGRATULATIONS!
February 6 (2023) | Fire Academy Begins
Recruits will report to fire academy at the South King County Training Consortium. Fire academy is a 20-week, intensive fire and life safety training course. For more information on the WA Fire Careers fire academy, visit our Academy section.