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The Kirkland Fire Department's (KFD) application and testing process is always open for entry level Firefighters. We are planning on hiring 20-25 new Firefighters over the next three years. KFD works with Public Safety Testing for lists of eligible candidates. Candidates must complete a PST written test and have a valid CPAT from any verifiable CPAT testing center. Upon successful completion of testing, candidates may be chosen to move on to agency interviews. The interview process will begin February 2023. KFD is continuously accepting applications for the hiring process for entry level Firefighters. Candidates are encouraged to keep their test scores and information current with Public Safety Testing.

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

Apply to the Fire Department Today!

   

"2022 Become A Kirkland Firefighter!" Workshop

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Have you ever considered a career in firefighting? Don’t let testing or the application process stop you from pursuing your dream job.  The Kirkland Fire Department invites you to learn more about this exciting career and will cover the cost of exams required to become a firefighter.  Attend our all-day Workshop and let us provide you with incredible resources to help prepare you to become a Kirkland Firefighter!

The City of Kirkland’s Fire Department is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and invites individuals from ALL backgrounds who are interested in becoming a firefighter to attend.

Only 50 spots are available for this workshop.  All applications will be reviewed by a City of Kirkland committee. 

Application Period closed

For any questions regarding the Workshop or the Workshop Application, please e-mail Paisley Stenerson at pstenerson@kirklandwa.gov

 

Attendee Requirements

To be eligible to attend the 2022 “Become a Kirkland Firefighter!” Workshop, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 19 years old
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Must be a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident with the ability to legally work in the United States by the time of application
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to event
  • Must be able to provide a valid driver license day of event

 

Workshop Sessions

Written Exam (FST):

  • Standardized testing preparation
  • Basic content review of the FST
  • All attendees will receive:
    • Kirkland Fire Written Exam Preparation Guide
    • Public Safety Testing’s FST Combo Study Guide and Practice Test Form A

Physical Exam (CPAT):

  • Public Safety Testing (PST) will provide a CPAT Orientation reviewing the eight components of the CPAT exam with hands-on access to the equipment used during the physical exam.
  • Kirkland Fire Department Peer Fitness will be onsite to help target each attendee’s areas of improvement and provide workout guides.

Interview Prep:

  • Kirkland Fire Department will review the interview process including what you can expect, the types of questions you will be asked, and tips on how to conduct yourself in the interviews. 

 

Written Exam Reimbursements

The following Written Exam items are eligible for a one-time reimbursement for all attendees.  The City of Kirkland will only reimburse exams dated between 09/10/2022 - 02/13/2023

  • PST Written Exam (for one agency only) - $54.00
  • PST Notary Public Service - $10.00
  • PST Remote Testing Processing Fee - $15.00

More information will be sent to selected applicants regarding reimbursement requirements.

 

Physical Exam Reimbursements

All attendees are eligible to choose from one of the following CPAT or CPAT Alternative Physical Exams for a one-time reimbursement.  The City of Kirkland will only reimburse exams dated between 09/10/2022 - 02/13/2023.

Public Safety Testing (PST) CPAT:

  • PST CPAT Practice Test - $43.00
  • PST CPAT Test - $139.00

     

National Testing Network CPAT:

  • National Testing Network CPAT Practice Test - $45.00
  • National Testing Network CPAT Test - $155.00

More information will be sent to selected applicants regarding reimbursement requirements.

 

Travel Reimbursements

We encourage those from the Pacific Northwest region and beyond to attend our Workshop.  All selected applicants who are traveling more than 50 miles to attend the event are eligible for travel reimbursements, which may include:

  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • Auto Transportation/Mileage Reimbursement

More information will be sent to selected applicants regarding travel reimbursement eligibility and guidelines.


 

 

 

Hiring Process

Entry Level:

  1. Apply with Public Safety Testing (PST)  to take written test by February 6, 2023.  Apply For the Fire Department Here!
  2. Complete the physical CPAT assessment through PST, or upload a certificate from any other certified organization to your PST account by February 6, 2023.
  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, fitness assessment and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

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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: firerecruiting@kirklandwa.gov

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Salary

POSITION LEVEL SALARY
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%

 

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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

Holidays 

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

Retirement 

State LEOFF II MEBT  

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 publicsafetytesting.com.  Apply Here!

Written and CPAT test scores are valid for one year from date of test.

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

No, there are no residency restrictions for Firefighters. 

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 recruit Firefighters will 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 for the next hiring process. 

How many positions are available? 

Openings with the Kirkland Fire Department will vary between processes.

When should I apply?

You Can Apply Now!

 

                              

 

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