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  • Seattle Fire 2018 Test

    Seattle Fire will open up the application process for the 2018 testing cycle on/around : 4/17-6/12. Testing will be held from 4/20-6/23.You can see testing and open application window overlap. This is a NEW test that Seattle is offering. Details will be coming out. I've been told the new test provider offers a video type test. I don't have any more info for you than that. The good news is that you can register soon AND you have a lot more flexibility on when and where to take the exam. There will be more details coming out, but most likely written test will have a P/F threshold (not Fact--my intuition). Oral Board make up and scoring hasn't been explained to me yet. As soon as I know, I will spread the word.

    There should be written test and oral board orientations. Remember this is a totally new process to Seattle, so as details emerge I will attempt to clarify. This test will establish a register sometime in 2018 to be used to start hiring for the new year in 2019 (expect Feb. 2019 to be the first class hired off of this list). Seattle is hiring heaps of Firefighters at the moment. I expect 120 to be hired off of this list, even if they only say 60-80, as funding hasn't been secured yet. The Chief of the department has let it be known SFD will be in a hiring push for the foreseeable future. Please hold off on sending me PMs. This is all the info I currently have. Feel free to place questions in the forum. I try to differentiate from fact and opinion on this stuff. Please try to do the same.

    When all the details are out there, I will share them and feel free to let the questions fly.

    Best of luck to all.
    Last edited by GRNFT; 03-07-2018, 06:21 PM.

  • #2
    Thanks for the information. When do you think the website will be updated with the new testing details?


    • #3
      Probably very soon. I spoke with HR yesterday. They are working a ton of OT to get some new systems on line right now, and I know getting this info out ASAP is high on their list.


      • #4
        In your first post, you mention more flexibility in regards to where you can take the exam. Are you referring to multiple locations within the Seattle area or as in out of state also? Thanks again!


        • #5
          I believe it will only be in the State of Washington at this time.


          • #6
            May as well apply.

            does Seattle fire transport or does a 3rd party do that? Emt-b required at time of hire I imagine?


            • #7
              Only transport ALS. EMT-B required at time of hire


              • #8
                Cool. Will testing locations be all over Washington or just Seattle area?


                • #9
                  Looking forward to this process.


                  • #10
                    Ok. So here's the straight poop going forward. Expect the email blast to come out from SFD on Monday announcing the process and the test window. Make sure to check your spam/trash folders. If you haven's signed up, do so via seattle.gov/fire or seattlefirejobs.com

                    The test is the FIRETEAM test. Yes, the one and only. You will be able to start signing up in mid April and you must take the test by June 23 at one of NTN's Washington sites. WA only. It will be offered all over the state, so if you can get to PDX (Vancouver) or Spokane you can take it without having to come to Seattle.

                    When you register, you will sign up for your test date. Do not miss your test date or you will be no showed and done with the process. It is FREE. As are any tutorial sessions you come to in Seattle.

                    You can pay the NTN fee to take a practice test on their web site. Up to you.

                    When you register, you will be sent a link to the WAQ. Be honest and true to yourself on this. This will be 35% of your score. The FireTEAM test on site portion will have Mechanical Reasoning, Reading, Math, and Human Relations. MR, Reading and Math are P/F. HR is 50% of your score. You must pass all 5 sections of the test to move on to oral boards. Your Oral Board will be 15% of your test. They will then create the register by roughly Sep 2018, for RC 110 to go in Feb 2019.

                    Once the register is established, the top 25% plus one for each spot to be hired will be considered. You will perform pre-employment screening and pre-psych. Those who pass that part will be considered for hire. Chief Scoggins and his leadership staff will meet with the top candidates and those offered a conditional offer will do CPAT, med, psych and background.

                    A limited number of candidates will be offered EMT class. That is not a conditional offer of employment. If possible, I would make every effort to get EMT on my own.

                    Only the results of your SFD Fireteam test will be accepted. If you take it for another department, you can't use that score for SFD. Your SFD test score is not allowed to be used for any other dept and you will NOT be told your score, only if you passed or not.

                    Current RC has 34 in it. They are trying to plus up August class as well.

                    For those on active duty or reserve/guard on EAD during the testing process, you MUST sign up for the program and do the WAQ in the registration window, even if you can not be here to take the test in the April-June window. The city of Seattle will work with you upon return from deployment etc...to make all accomodations to get you tested. Just because you are unable for operational reasons to attend a test in the Apr-Jun window, you are still eligible for this list.

                    Please Please Please Read all of this info and ask your ??? here on this forum before sending me a PM. I get inundated with them and half of them have the answers in the material.

                    If you are a vet you will get your Vets Preference with your DD-214.


                    • #11
                      Thank you for the info. Hope I can make it up to test this year.


                      • #12
                        Fireteam? I'm out lol. That test sucks.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Boize208 View Post
                          Fireteam? I'm out lol. That test sucks.
                          im not a fan of the test but don?t give up. The mechanical portions jacks me up. Looking forward to this recruitment.


                          • #14
                            I hate that test too! Idk why the mechanical portion is so difficult? I?ve never had trouble with mechanical aptitude in the past, I?m not sure what I?m missing.
                            In Loving Memory of Paramedic Doug Odgers


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by terrible one View Post
                              I hate that test too! Idk why the mechanical portion is so difficult? I?ve never had trouble with mechanical aptitude in the past, I?m not sure what I?m missing.
                              My mech score went from 65% to 83%


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