Minimum Qualifications

The requirements listed below are not required at the time of application, but are required before a candidate can be hired.

  • Minimum Age: Candidates must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Education: Candidates must have a high school diploma or must have passed an equivalency test (G.E.D.).
  • License: Candidates must possess a valid Driver's License.
  • EMT Certification: Candidates must have a current Washington state EMT certification or be eligible for certification sponsorship upon hire. The Seattle Fire Department will offer an EMT course to selected candidates who do not meet the EMT requirement. For more information, see: EMT requirement.
  • Meet or exceed established standards throughout the hiring process.


Questions about the hiring process should be directed to the Seattle Fire Department Recruitment Office via email to