Career Discovery Recruitment Information Events
Our firefighters have a variety of job and life experiences. Hear from them what it's like to be a firefighter, what a "typical" day is like, and why they chose fire. This is a one-hour event with an optional tour of the fire station. Must be 21+ to attend.
10 a.m., April 27, 2019 - Women's Edition
7 p.m., April 30, 2019
Tumwater Headquarters Fire Station | 311 Israel Road SW, Tumwater WA 98501
Discover what it takes to become a firefighter.
Career Discovery is for men and women interested in learning more about a career in fire and emergency medical services, and who have not previously tested or applied for a fire service job.
We're hiring 5 Firefighters in 2019.
We are committed to finding a diverse group of men and women who are ready to become the next class of extraordinary firefighters.
Tumwater Fire Department offers exceptional and diverse career opportunities for men and women seeking professional development and job satisfaction. With excellent salaries and benefits, a variety of job assignments, unlimited opportunities for advancement and the chance to make a difference every day.
Fire & Emergency Medical Services
Tumwater Fire Department members protect life and property—providing emergency medical care, fire suppression and prevention, public education, and community service with care and compassion to those in need.
Training & Professional Development
All firefighters participate in basic fire suppression and EMS training. Tumwater Fire Department is right-sized to offer every firefighter the opportunity for specialty training, assignments, and support for career advancement.
Compensation and Benefits
2019 Entry Firefighter Wage is $5287/month for a Firefighter Recruit and $6042/month after six months.
Generous benefit package includes medical, dental, and vision coverage, LEOFF Plan 2 Retirement, WSCFF Medical Expense Reimbursement, Washington State Deferred Compensation program, and additional supplemental programs. The position is represented by the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 2409. The 2017-2019 Agreement is available online
New Selection Process
Step 1: Written Exam
Take the online test anytime before June 7, 2019
Applicants interested in this position must complete the written exam (Firefighter Selection Tool) through Public Safety Testing. Please visit the Public Safety testing website at www.PublicSafetyTesting.com for information regarding the testing process. All written tests must be completed between June 8, 2018 and June 7, 2019.
A valid CPAT certification is required by September 1, 2019. If a candidate does not have a valid CPAT certification and receives a conditional offer, the City will pay the CPAT testing fee.
Step 2: Speed Interview
June 24-28, 2019
All candidates with a combined score of 80.00% on the PST written test will invited to participate in 9-minute speed interviews scheduled for June 24-28, 2019, in Tumwater. Candidates must pass with a minimum of 70% to be considered for the next step. Volunteer points are added to passing scores for those that qualify.
Step 3: Oral Board Interviews
July 8-11, 2019
Top candidates from speed interviews will be invited to participate in oral board interviews scheduled for July 8-11, 2019, in Tumwater. At the time of invitation for oral boards, applicants will be required to complete a City of Tumwater application. Candidates must pass with a minimum of 70%.
Step 4: Eligibility List
July 12, 2019
Candidates will be placed on a ranked eligibility register based on their scores achieved on PST Written Exam (30%) and the Oral Board Interviews (70%), plus Veteran's preference. Final scores will be posted around July 12, 2019.
Step 5: Chief's Interview
July 22-26, 2019
The most qualified candidates will be invited to a Chief's Interview scheduled for July 22-26, 2019 in Tumwater.
Step 6: Conditional Offer
August 1-16, 2019
Around July 31, 2019, conditional offers of employment will be issued. Candidates will be required to participate in pre-employment screenings, including a medical exam sometime between August 1-16. Candidates will not be required to stay in Tumwater the full duration of that time period, but must be available to attend the medical exam in Tumwater during that period.
A valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) certification is required by September 1, 2019.
Proof of certification must be provided by this date. If a candidate does not have a valid CPAT certification and receives a conditional offer, the City will pay the CPAT testing fee. CPAT certification is accepted from PST or another agency provider licensed by the IAFF/IAFC. To be valid, CPAT testing must be completed between September 1, 2018 and September 1, 2019.
How to prepare for the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
Engage in advanced physical training prior to the CPAT, targeting muscle groups used in lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying and other actions related to Firefighter tasks. A workout program may include distance running, sprints, rowing, stair climbing with weight pack and weight lifting to develop both the upper and lower body. More information can be found at: www.publicsafetytesting.com/informationcenter/info/index/page/firefighter-cpat/
Step 7: Recruit Academy
September 3, 2019
September 3, 2019 - Successful candidates will begin Firefighter Recruit Academy located at Bates Technical College in Tacoma.
Candidates will receive updates regarding application status via email.
Please be sure to check your email frequently.
Tumwater hires Paramedics too!
Testing for Firefighter/Paramedic positions is coordinated through Thurston County Medic One. Call Medic One at (360) 704-2780 for more information.