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3030 78th Avenue SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: 206.275.7607
Fax: 206.275.7970
Email: mi_fire@mercergov.. . .
Hours: 8:00am to 8:00pm, Daily
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City of Mercer Island / Fire Department / Employment Info / Regional Firefighting Testing Process

Are you interested in a career in the fire service?


Entry Level Firefighter


If you have been considering or are actively pursuing a career as a firefighter, now is your opportunity to test with several jurisdictions at one time, complete one application form, pay only one application fee and be eligible to be hired by any one of the participating agencies you have selected.



Where Can I Get An Application?


You may apply online at



How Do I Turn In My Application?


Please see the Application Process for submission instructions and associated fees.



What is the Job of a Firefighter?


Firefighters perform a complete range of fire fighting activities and operate all fire department equipment, tools, and apparatus to protect life and property and to deliver certified emergency medical services at the EMT level. Work is performed under the direction of a commanding officer in accordance with specified policies, procedures, and practices learned on the job and often performed under unpleasant, stressful and/or hazardous conditions. Work may frequently require the performance of extremely physically demanding tasks for extended periods. In addition to emergency response duties, firefighters will spend substantial amounts of time engaging in supervised fire fighting, EMT and other applicable training; routine inspection, testing, cleaning and maintenance of equipment, apparatus, and facilities; conducting fire and life safety inspections; and other duties as may be assigned.



What are the Qualifications for an Entry Level Firefighter?

  • High School diploma, GED, or equivalent.
  • A degree or equivalent hours at time of written exam.
  • 18 years of age by the date the written exam is given (no exceptions).
  • Ability to perform the physically demanding functions of the job.
  • Ability to meet minimum medical standards after a job offer is made.
  • Ability to pass a background investigation prior to being hired.
  • Ability to work 24 hour shifts, or a regular 40 hour work week when assigned, and be prepared to respond at any time.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to read a map.
  • Ability to deal with people in a compassionate, friendly and effective manner under stress and unpleasant conditions.
  • Ability to learn to operate a pager or radio.
  • Ability to take emergency as well as business telephone calls, record information accurately, and respond to customer needs.
  • Ability to meet performance and regulatory standards.
  • Ability to operate equipment safely and work with basic mechanical tools.
  • Ability to learn to operate a computer.
  • A valid Washington Stateís Drivers License, or ability to obtain a license as needed.
  • Ability to meet driving record requirements.
  • US Citizen or documentation of ability to work in the United States (may vary in accordance with Civil Service rules for each jurisdiction).

If you meet all of these criteria and are interested in becoming a firefighter, contact one of the agencies listed on this announcement to obtain an application packet.



When is the Written Test?


Dates: The initial testing process is administered by . Testing dates are posted on their website.  See for more details.



If I pass the Written Test, What Happens Next?


Candidates may be invited to the physical agility portion of the process.  This is a PASS/FAIL testing process.  Please visit for further information



What Does "Making it to the Roster" Mean?


If you pass the written test and the physical ability test, you will be placed on the Roster from which all participating agencies may hire entry level firefighters. All candidates will be ranked on the Roster according to their written test score. Please visit for further information.



How Will The Agencies Hire From This Roster?


When an agency has an opening, they will contact the Roster administrator to obtain a certain number of candidate names and applications according to their Civil Service rules or other applicable rules. If your name is on the roster of names distributed to one of the eight agencies, you may be invited to participate in an oral board interview with that agency. You may be contacted by more than one agency, and you may be offered more than one job. Once you have accepted a job offer from one of the eight agencies, your name will be removed from the Roster to let the other agencies know you are no longer available.



Will I Find Out My Ranking on the Roster?


Please visit for further information.



I have additional questions, who can answer those?


Please visit for further information.



All agencies are equal opportunity employers


Americans with Disability Act accommodations can be made upon request, reasonable accommodations will be made as required by law.


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