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Port of Seattle Fire Employment

Are you ready for the challenge? Port Firefighters respond to over 4,000 calls a year

About the Port of Seattle Fire Department

The Port of Seattle Fire Department is a specialized department with primary responsibility for aircraft rescue and firefighting. As a full-service fire department, they provide structural fire response, emergency medical service, hazardous materials response, fire code inspections, sprinkler, fire alarms and building plan review, fire cause investigation, fire prevention and safety education programs.
They provide primary aircraft, structural, EMS, Haz-Mat, and rescue services within the geographical boundaries of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, as well as a portion of the surrounding residential and commercial properties based on property boundaries and mutual aid agreements.
Training is rigorous and continuous and includes a minimum of two "live fire" training days annually to meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requirements. The Port provides uniforms (including cleaning service), personal protective equipment and shoes.
International Association of Firefighters-Local 1257 represents the firefighters.

Firefighter Entry Level

Application and Testing:

The Port of Seattle is currently contracted with Public Safety Testing (PST) to conduct our written and physical ability examinations for entry level firefighter positions. You are able to complete your application online and select a testing date, time and location convenient for you. For further information, you may contact Public Safety Testing toll-free at (866) HIRE-911.
Public Safety Testing will validate your test results and send the score to the Port of Seattle directly.

Oral Board:

Based on availability of openings, we will contact you to schedule an oral board.


  • An applicant must be at least 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen, have earned a high-school diploma and have a Washington State driver's license.
  • Port of Seattle firefighters must obtain EMT certification within one year of hire and maintain that certification throughout their careers.
  • Successful candidates will be fingerprinted for a criminal history background check with the FBI and must pass a Transportation Security Administration background check as well as submit to and pass a pre-employment drug screening.
  • New hires may be subject to random drug screening during their probationary period.