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
2020 Entry Level Firefighter monthly wage is $5419 for a Firefighter Recruit and $6193 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 2020-2022 Agreement is available online.
The City is not currently accepting applications for Entry Level firefighters.
Candidates with less than one (1) year of paid experience and those who do not possess the minimum qualifications should apply as an Entry Level Firefighter.
Selection Process for Entry Level Firefighters
Step 1: Written Exam
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.
Step 2: Speed Interview
All candidates with a combined score of 80.00% on the PST written test will invited to participate in 9-minute speed interview. 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
Top candidates from speed interviews will be invited to participate in oral board interviews. 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
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.
Step 5: Chief's Interview
The most qualified candidates will be invited to a Chief's Interview.
Step 6: Conditional Offer
The next step in hiring is a conditional offers of employment. Candidates will be required to participate in pre-employment screenings, including a medical exam. 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.
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 within the past year.
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 the Public Safety Testing website.
Step 7: Recruit Academy
Successful candidates will begin Firefighter Recruit Academy located at Bates Technical College in Tacoma.
Candidates will receive updates regarding application status via email.
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.