Agency and Test Information
Bates Technical College conducts joint recruitment testing with a consortium of Western Washington fire districts and cities.
Below, please find agency and test information for the 2015 Joint Recruitment Test.
Participating agency information
Bremerton Fire Department, Firefighter, FIREFIGHTER/EMT or FIREFIGHTER PARAMEDIC
Bremerton Fire Department reserves the right to select from any of the Bates eligibility lists: General Knowledge, FF/EMT, FF1 or Paramedic list. Requirements: Must be 18 years or older, U.S. citizen, high school graduate or GED equivalent.
Valid Washington state driver's license or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and must be in good standings according to insurance guidelines. No felony convictions or disqualifying criminal histories within the last seven years.
You must possess a valid Washington state or National Registry Paramedic or Emergency Medical Technician certification upon offer of employment. Those wishing to hire as a paramedic will need to take the FF General Knowledge Test. Oral board, psychological, background, and medical exam with drug screen required.
Olympia Fire Department, FIREFIGHTER
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the closing date of the application period and you must have a high school diploma or GED. A State of Washington EMT Certification is preferred but not required for testing. You must be able to attain Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification within one year of hire date.
Additional Civil Service tests, including an oral board interview, will be conducted. Prior to hire, a candidate must pass a background check, driving record review, medical examination with drug screening, and a psychological examination. Must possess a valid Washington state driver's license by date of hire, and must have maintained a good driving record.
South King Fire and Rescue, PROBATIONARY FIREFIGHTER/EMT
South King Fire & Rescue reserves the right to select from any of the Bates eligibility lists: General Knowledge, FF/EMT or FF1 list. Requirements: Eligible to work in the U.S.; ability to read, write and speak English fluently; must be 21 years or older at time of hire; high school graduate or GED required; must possess and maintain a valid Washington state driver's license and driving record in good standing; no felony convictions or disqualifying criminal history.
Pre-employment testing will include: proof of passing CPAT test, South King Fire and Rescue qualifying tests, and Oral Board Interviews, successful passing of background check, driving record check, medical and psychological examination. South King Fire and Rescue is committed to achieving a tobacco-free environment.
South Kitsap Fire and Rescue, FIREFIGHTER/EMT or FIREFIGHTER PARAMEDIC
South Kitsap Fire and Rescue reserve's the right to select, using the rule-of-the-list, from any of the following Bates eligibility lists: General Knowledge, FF/EMT, FF1, or Paramedic. Eligible candidates must be 18 years or older; a U.S. citizen; a high school graduate or GED equivalent; possess a valid Washington state driver's license or be able to obtain one within 30 days of hire; in good standing according to insurance guidelines, with no felony convictions or disqualifying criminal histories within the past seven years; and must possess a valid Washington state or National Registry Paramedic or Emergency Medical Technician certification upon offer of employment.
Those seeking a paramedic position will need to take the FF General Knowledge Test. A follow-up oral board, psychological assessment, background investigation, and a medical exam with drug screen are required.
The written examination will include questions regarding:
- Logical reasoning
- Reading comprehension
- Situational judgment
- Reading gauges
- Applying basic math rules
- Mechanical aptitude
- Spatial sense
- Map reading
A study guide is available exclusively from IPMA-HR. You will need to order online at: www.publicsafetycompass.com/study.
This 44-page study guide is designed to help, you as a firefighter candidate, prepare to take any of the IPMA-HR's entry-level firefighter tests. Please order immediately in advance to your scheduled test date to prepare with the study guide. Priority shipping is available at checkout, if necessary.
Physical Ability A Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Orientation and walk-through is scheduled on March 7 & 8, 2015. The Orientation will be done for those that did not sign the waiver form on page 4 of the application. Please see application for registration information.
The CPAT Practice Test is April 11 & 12, 2015 the practice will be done for those that did not sign the waiver form on page 4. The Mandatory CPAT Test is scheduled for May 9 & 10, 2015. This event is a timed, pass/fail event. Successful candidates will be notified by email of test times and location. Additional agency specific fitness evaluations may be required by each participating agency.
Veterans Scoring Criteria Veteran's preference points will be added to the results by the Fire Departments that you chose at the end of the recruitment process. Please attach your DD214 form to the application.