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The Kirkland Fire Department (KFD) will begin the hiring process for entry level Firefighter in February 2022.  We are planning on hiring 20-25 new Firefighters over the next three years.  KFD will request a list of eligible candidates from Public Safety Testing on February 11,  2022. Candidates must have completed a PST written test and have a valid CPAT from any verifiable CPAT testing center by February 11, 2022. Interviews will start the week of March 7, 2022. 

“Effective September 1, 2021, Kirkland Fire Department will be requiring all candidates to be fully vaccinated prior to first day of employment.”

The minimum qualifications to apply are:

  1. Must be at least 19 years old
  2. Must have a high school diploma or GED
  3. Must be a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident or the ability to legally work in the United States by the time of application.


Hiring Process

Entry Level:

  1. Apply with Public Safety Testing to take written test by February 11, 2022.
  2. Complete the physical CPAT assessment through Public Safety Testing or any other certified organization by February 11, 2022.
  3. Participate in a three step oral interview process.
  • Interviews 1 and 2 are pass/fail.
  • Interview 3 is scored.
  • Candidate must pass all interviews to move forward.

4. Pass background check, medical, psychological, and fitness assessment.

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Apply with Public Safety Testing


Salary and Benefits

The City of Kirkland Fire Department is one of the best-paid fire departments in the State of Washington. For more information, contact Kirkland Fire Department recruiting at:

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Year 1 74% of Base Pay
Year 2 77% of Base Pay
Year 3 83% of Base Pay
Year 4 91% of Base Pay
Year5 100% of Base Pay

Physical Fitness Incentive

 Employees shall be eligible for a physical fitness incentive as provided in the Kirkland Fire Department Labor Agreement.

Longevity Pay (Monthly)

Completed Years Of Service Percentage of Base Pay
5 through 9 2%
10 through 11 3%
12 through 15 4%
16 through 19 5%
20 through 24 6%
25 through 29 7%
30 years 10%



Vacation (hours per year)

Years of Employment Hours
1 through 2 years 144 Hours
3 through 5 years 168 Hours
6 through 9 years 204 Hours
10 through 13 years 252 Hours
14 through 17 years 270 Hours
18 through 21 years 294 Hours
22 through 24 years 306 Hours
25 years 312 Hours


All employees on the 24-hour shift receive 120 hours off in lieu of holidays.   



Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters State Retirement Plan II (LEOFF II) is the current retirement system. Employees are eligible for vested retirement after 5 years of service and attainment of age 53.  LEOFF Plan II Handbook

 Here is the formula we will use to calculate your monthly benefit:  

- Service credit months ÷ 12 x 2% x Final Average Salary* = Monthly Benefit  

* Average your monthly salary from the highest-paid 60 consecutive months in which you earned service credit. Usually, this is your last 60 months of service.  

The City's employees elected to withdraw from the Social Security system and invest in the Municipal Employee's Benefit Trust Fund (MEBT), which matches and exceeds the benefits under Social Security. Employee contributions are matched by the City. For information about MEBT


Life Insurance 

The City provides life insurance for the firefighter at a benefit of two times the firefighters base salary. 

Hiring FAQ

How do I apply with your department?

Interested candidates can apply online at   

Do I have to live within a certain distance from the city? 

No. Firefighters live all over the Puget Sound Area.  

What are the hours of work? 

The work schedule for line personnel is two consecutive 24-hour shifts making a “48 hour set”.  Firefighters normally work their 48 hour set followed by 96 hours off with a shift starting time of 0700.   Many firefighters work a 40 hour work week and all firefighters have the possibility of working days for three years.

How long is the Recruit Fire Academy and EMT class?

All firefighters have to complete a paid 14-week Recruit Fire Academy training followed by a 5-week EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) class.   

What happens if I fail a portion of the testing process?

An applicant may re-apply through Public Safety Testing. 

How many positions are available? 

The Kirkland Fire Department will be hiring 20 - 25 new employees in the next three years beginning in 2021.

When should I apply?

You Can Apply Now!


Women in Fire - Virtual Seminar Saturday, October 9, 2021 9am - Noon

 We (KFD) are hosting a virtual seminar—Female Perspectives on EMS & the Fire Service  Female-Perspectives-on-EMS-Fire-Service.pdf(PDF, 2MB)