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Entry level firefighter hiring has been suspended until further notice due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Fire Recruitment PhotoHow 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.  

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.     

How long is the Recruit Fire Academy and EMT class?  

All firefighters have to complete a 14 week Recruit Fire Academy followed by a 5 week EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) Class. During this period you will be evaluated by different training officers and chiefs.  

Firefighter CartWhat 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 department has suspended hiring until further notice due to COVID-19.  

When should I apply?  

You can apply anytime after you have met the minimum requirements for the position.  

Fire Services
123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033

General Inquiries
T. 425.587.3650 | F. 425.587.3671