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WA Fire Careers will be running a continuous recruitment process for entry level firefighter 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.

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.
    • Candidates must have a valid written test on the date scores are pulled on August 31, 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.
    • Candidates must have a valid CPAT test on the date scores are pulled on August 31, 2024.
  • Public Safety Self-Assessment (PSSA accessed through candidate account)
  • Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ accessed through candidate account) 

Overview 

Washington Fire Careers, (WA Fire Careers), is a collaborative organization comprised of numerous fire departments  throughout King County, Washington. Our organization was created with the primary goal of making the entry level  firefighter exam more affordable, accessible and inclusive for those looking to start a career in firefighting. All  participating WA Fire Careers agencies are partnered through the South King County Fire Training Consortium,  (SKCFTC), which serves as a single training division for select fire agencies located in King County. The consortium  combines resources and training officers from member agencies in a single training office to provide regionally  consistent training to area firefighters.

WA Fire Careers was created using the same business model as the training consortium. By combining resources and  efforts our agencies can develop stronger outreach and recruitment resources that promote access, opportunity and  inclusion towards careers in the fire service, in the communities we serve. The time and cost of testing and interviewing  for entry level firefighter positions with multiple agencies can be a barrier for many. WA Fire Careers has developed a  testing model where one low-cost test, taken online, places eligible applicants on a candidate list that will be used by  all participating WA Fire Careers agencies for hiring purposes. Interview schedules within all agencies will be  conducted collaboratively, to reduce the candidates time needed away from their regular jobs during interview events.  The WA Fire Careers website will house information year-round of testing schedules and other resources to assist  people seeking a career in the fire service.  

Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority, Valley Regional Fire Authority, Renton Regional Fire Authority, Enumclaw Fire, and King County District 20 have partnered as a consortium and have joined National Testing Network (NTN) to conduct the initial testing of candidates which consists of a written test and Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT).  


Written Examination 

The written test and a valid CPAT must be completed when scores are pulled on March 29, 2024 in anticipation of hiring for the August 2024 academy. Scores will be pulled August 31, 2024 for hiring in anticipation of the February 2025 academy.

For each hiring process the agencies will consider the most recent written test score completed within the eligible timeframe.

You must submit a valid CPAT as a component of the application process. A copy of your IAFF certified CPAT through NTN or another agency must be valid when scores are pulled on March 29, 2024 or August 31, 2024. Out of State CPATS will be accepted if they are certified by the IAFF.

To confirm completion of your CPAT you will need to upload a copy of your certificate to the NTN document center no later than the date scores are pulled.

Please visit NationalTestingNetwork.com to complete your application online and select the test date and/or location most convenient for you. For consideration candidates must coordinate and schedule the written exam via the NTN administered testing process.

National Testing Network can provide additional information regarding the scoring process and the written and CPAT expiration dates for purposes of the testing process. For further information you can contact NTN toll free at 1-855-821-3761.

The written examination will be offered on a continual basis through National Testing Network. The written examination will determine the top group of candidates to move forward to the preliminary interviews. There will be a minimum passing score of 70% for the written test. The participating agencies currently accept written test scored administered and submitted by NTN only.

To be considered for hiring in the upcoming processes, an applicant must pass the written examination component and have a valid test score on one or both of the dates that scores are pulled.

After completing the written test candidates are required to complete the Public Safety Self-Assessment (PSSA) through NTN. Both the written FireTEAM test and the PSSA must be completed by the date that test scores are pulled.

Applicants can choose to complete the FireTEAM written test at any NTN test center, or through NTN’s virtual option. Applicants that have completed the written test within the last 12 months can transfer any valid FireTEAM written score for consideration.

Depending on the number of vacancies, participating consortium agencies will invite candidates (subject to scheduling) who have completed the application process and have the highest written exam scores, plus any ties, to participate in the preliminary interview process.

If an applicant declines the invitation to participate in the preliminary interview process, and a vacant interview slot is created, the consortium agencies may invite the next candidate with the highest written exam score to participate.

If a candidate does not respond to the preliminary interview notification by the requested date, they will be withdrawn from the process.

Notifications will be made via email and additional information regarding the process can be found on
wafirecareers.org.


Oral Board Interviews 

For the scoring list pulled on March 29, 2024, the oral boards are scheduled to be held April 22 – 26, 2024. Candidates that are selected to move forward following the preliminary interview process will be contacted directly via email to self-schedule online on a first-come, first-served basis.

For the scoring list pulled on August 31, 2024, the oral boards are scheduled to be held September 23 – 27, 2024. Candidates that are selected to move forward following the preliminary interview process will be contacted directly via email to self-schedule online on a first-come, first-served basis.

Candidates who are late to the oral board interviews will be withdrawn from further consideration in the entry-level process.

Candidates who are late to the oral board interviews will be withdrawn from further consideration in the entry-level process.

There will be a 70% minimum passing score for the oral board panel interview. Final examination scores will be determined in accordance with each individual agency’s civil service rules and/or policy.

If you are claiming veterans’ preference in accordance with RCW 41.04.010, you must upload the Veteran’s Scoring Declaration Form and a copy of your discharge document (DD214) to the NTN document center as a component of your application materials.


Eligibility List 

Candidates who pass the oral board will have their names placed on an eligibility list for each individual agency in rank order of final examination scores. The eligibility list for each agency will remain in effect in accordance with their  civil service rules or policy. 


Vacancies 

In anticipation of vacancies, please complete the NTN Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ). The participating agencies make all hiring decisions after a pre-employment selection process which includes a background investigation, physical ability test, drug test, psychological and medical examination.

Offers of employment will be conditional upon successfully completing the pre-employment process. If the pre employment background process is satisfactory, the candidate remains on the eligibility or hiring list; if not, the conditional offer may be withdrawn and the candidate is removed from the eligibility or hiring list.

When a vacancy occurs, the agencies will certify to the Fire Chief the appropriate number of names from the eligibility or hiring list for consideration in accordance with civil service rules or policy.

For additional information regarding the civil service rules observed by each agency please visit their website for additional information.


Chiefs Interviews 

Candidates selected to move forward in the recruitment process in anticipation of the August 2024 academy will be invited to participate in the Chiefs Interviews with applicable agencies May 13 – 17, 2024.

Candidates selected to move forward in the recruitment process in anticipation of the February 2025 academy will be invited to participate in the Chiefs Interviews with applicable agencies October 21 – 25, 2024.


Benefits: 

For detailed information regarding salary and the comprehensive benefit packets offered by each agency please visit  the agency website for additional information.

All agencies in WAFireCareers are proud to serve the communities of King County and embrace the values and legacy  of its namesake, after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. All hiring is conducted in accordance with each agency’s policies and  procedures under the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Federal Title VII Civil Rights Act and  Washington State laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, ethnic background, national  origin, ancestry, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation and/or gender identity, pregnancy, disabilities which  can be reasonably accommodated, veteran status, and all other statuses protected by state, local and federal laws  against discrimination.  


Job Requirements 

Age : 18 or 21 years of age depending on specific agency requirements  

Citizenship Required : Must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire 

High School Grad/GED : Yes  

Valid WASHINGTON State Driver’s License : Yes  

Ability to Read/Speak English : Yes  

Necessary Certifications : Candidates must hold a current state EMT certification or be eligible for certification upon hire.  

Employment Disqualifiers : The participating agencies make all hiring decisions after a pre-employment  selection process, which includes a background investigation, additional interviews, physical agility exam, drug test,  psychological and medical exam. Dishonesty or failure to disclose a material fact(s) during any stage of the hiring  process may be grounds for disqualification.  

Examination Process: Candidates who pass all portions of the recruitment process (written test, prescreen interview, and oral board) will be placed on an eligibility/hiring list according to their final examination score (including veteran’s preference points, if applicable). Following the oral board process candidates will be informed of their ranking on the agency’s eligibility/hiring list in anticipation of hiring for the South King County Fire Training Consortium recruit academies.

For additional information regarding the NTN written test, CPAT, candidate preparation, and the testing process please visit the NTN Candidate FAQ page for further information.

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Department: Firefighter/EMT
Opening Date: March 30, 2024
Closing Date: August 31, 2024