Below is a detailed timeline of the WA Fire Careers upcoming hiring plan. Please review this timeline to ensure you’re able to accommodate these dates into your schedule, should you be selected for an interview.
Registration Continuously Open
WA Fire Careers will be running a continuous recruitment process for entry-level firefighters in anticipation of upcoming recruit academies.
The recruitment will remain open, and WA Fire Careers will be pulling scores on March 29, 2024, in anticipation of the August 2024 academy and August 31, 2024, in anticipation of the February 2025 academy. Below is the hiring timeline for the August 2024 academy.
March 29 | Scores Pulled in Anticipation of the August 2024 Academy
Candidates are required to complete the following to be considered:
NTN FireTeam written exam:
• Candidates must have a valid written test on the date scores are pulled on March 29, 2024.
CPAT Physical Exam from an accredited agency:
• Candidates must have a valid CPAT test on the date scores are pulled on March 29, 2024.
Public Safety Self-Assessment (PSSA accessed through candidate account)
Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ accessed through candidate account)
April 5 | 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.
April 22 - 26 | 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.
May 1 | 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.
May 13 - 17 | Fire Chief Interviews
Candidates will participate in Fire Chief interviews for each agency.
May 17 | Final Deadline for 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 this date to update their Agency Preference List. The last preference list form submission the candidate makes will be considered their final preference list.
May 21 | 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.
May 27 - August 2 | 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.
Early August| Final Offer Confirmed
Once background, medical, and psych evaluations are concluded, without issue, finalist candidates will receive their final offer/confirmation of employment. CONGRATULATIONS!
August 26, 2024 | 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.