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Spokane Fire Department

  • Contact Information

    Spokane Fire Department
    Civil Service Office Coordinator
    808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd
    Spokane, Washington 99201
    Phone: 509-625-6160
    Department Website

Agency Added: 04/20/2015 | Last updated: 03/04/2019

Community Information

The City of Spokane is the second largest city in Washington and the largest city on the northern tier between Minneapolis and Seattle. Also known as the Lilac City, Spokane is located in eastern Washington, approximately 20 miles from the Washington-Idaho border. The name of the City was taken from a Native American word meaning "children of the sun," and with its location on the "sunny side" of the state, Spokane is blessed with more than 260 clear days each year. The area has four distinct seasons and opportunities for spring, summer, fall and winter activities.

The Spokane River runs through the center of the city and bisects the magnificent 100 acre Riverfront Park which was created for Expo 74, a World's Fair event. A grand feature of the river is Spokane Falls, one of the largest urban waterfalls in the United States. From Manito Park and Botanical Gardens on the South Hill to Riverside State Park along the northwest border of the city, Spokane offers the outdoors at its finest befitting the community title of “Near Nature, Near Perfect”.

Spokane is home to a variety of annual community events including Bloomsday, the largest timed foot race in the world and Hoopfest, the largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the world. As the gateway to the Inland Northwest boasting affordable housing and cost of living, Spokane has been recognized as one of 10 “All American Cities” in 1974 and 2004. There are many attractions downtown, with places to eat, sleep and play that have helped Spokane become a top destination spot for many tourist. With its natural beauty, arts and cultural fairs, entertainment, award winning K-12 schools and world class colleges and universities, Spokane is truly one of the most beautiful cities in the country and a great place to live and play.

Department Information

The Spokane Fire Department is an innovative organization comprised of over 325 talented personnel who provide “Service and Protection Through Excellence” to the community, each and every day. The Spokane Fire Department’s goal is to serve the community by protecting life, property and the environment. SFD strives to provide excellent service through prevention, education, preparedness, and mitigation, recognizing that our people are the key to success.

SFD responds to over 35,000 calls each year ranging from firefighting and medical aid to auto extraction, special rescue situations and hazardous materials incidents. EMS incidents account for approximately 80% of the total incident volume.

Services are provided from 16 stations located strategically throughout the city staffed by 59 personnel on 24-hour shifts each day on 18 emergency response apparatus. Fourteen (14) of the 18 front line units are staffed with Paramedics and provide ALS service.

Twenty-four (24) hour shift personnel work on a four platoon system on a 24-hour on and 72-hour off schedule comprising a 46.15 hour work week. Additionally, SFD utilizes single-person staffed Alternative Response Units (ARUs) on 10-hour peak hour shifts to primarily respond to non-life threatening incidents to maintain the availability of larger apparatus for more critical incidents.

Special teams and skills provided by response personnel include Confined Space Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, Hazardous Materials, Trench Rescue, Technical Rescues, Rescue Task Force (for Active Shooter Incidents), Paramedic Training, and Auto Extraction.

SFD’s CARES program operates in concert with EWU’s School of Social Work to use student interns to link patients of station personnel’s responses, to social and other community programs that can provide them needed assistance. This program has not only helped to reduce repeated 9-1-1 calls, but has aided those in need by getting them in touch with existing programs that can provide them help in a number of ways.

Besides emergency responses, the Fire Department provides a number of other services to the public. There is significant fire prevention and life safety work through: Public Education Programs, Life-Safety Related Code Enforcement and Development, Permit Issuance, Special Event Planning, Construction and Building Inspections, Life Safety System Records Management, Business License Fire Inspections, Permitting, Planning, Rapid Entry Systems and Fire Investigation.

SFD’s Combined Communications Center (CCC) also provides Fire and Emergency Medical Dispatch services to all fire agencies in Spokane County through a contractual arrangement. The CCC receives calls through the county-wide 9-1-1 system and dispatches over 60,000 calls per year. Divisions within the Fire Department include: The Training Division: ensures competent and highly trained firefighters, paramedics and specialty units. Facilities at the SFD Training Campus provide a variety of training opportunities for City personnel and others throughout the region. The SFD Training Campus consists of a high-tech training facility with classrooms, meeting rooms, lecture halls and a full television recording studio. The training center serves as the Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) for all of Spokane County. The campus also includes the Emergency Combined Communications Building which houses 9-1-1, Law Enforcement Dispatch and Fire Dispatch. For hands-on training, there is a state of the art 5-story “Field House” that allows for climate-controlled training. The facility is large enough to drive multiple apparatus in the building and perform high-rise ladder and rescue training. The Field House also has flexible training rooms for search and rescue, confined space rescue, technical rescue, roof cutting, multi-company drills, rappelling and new apparatus training.

The EMS Division: leads and manages the Fire Department’s (FD) medical delivery systems necessary to provide quality pre-hospital basic life support and paramedic level critical care. Additionally, EMS is responsible for the management and oversight of the 9-1-1 ambulance transport contract as well as participation in the coordination of the overall community EMS system.

The Logistics Division provides maintenance services for all response apparatus and equipment used by response personnel as well as oversees SFD’s 20 facilities.
The Planning and Information Management Division provides critical information technology services for the entire Fire Department with key responsibilities including computer aided dispatch (CAD) and other systems necessary to provide contract dispatching services.

Area Information

  • County: Spokane
  • Population: 210,721

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
High School Grad/ GED Yes X  
Driver's License Required Yes X  
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult A criminal background check will be conducted prior to the job offer.   X
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile A criminal background check will be conducted prior to the job offer.   X
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
College Requirement No    
EMT Certification Proof of having completed EMT Training and eligibility for certification in Washington State as an EMT must be provided to the City at the time of the City online application. The online City application will be due in May 2017. Certification is not required at time of test. Proof of this requirement will be requested by the City and submitted to the City, not PST.    
CPAT After your written exam, if you are selected/invited for an interview by the City of Spokane, you will be required to provide proof to the City at that time that you have completed a Public Safety Testing (PST) CPAT within the 12 months prior to your interview date with the City. If you do not have a PST CPAT that meets this time frame, and if you are invited to an interview with the City by the City, the City of Spokane will pay for one (1) PST CPAT test. If you already have a PST CPAT that meets these requirements, the City will not reimburse you for such. The City of Spokane will advise you if/when you are required to have a CPAT certification. The results of any CPAT paid for by the City of Spokane may ONLY be used for City of Spokane Fire Department. If you plan on using your CPAT certification for other departments, you will incur the costs of the CPAT.

Please be reminded that CPAT rules require candidates to attend two CPAT Orientations and two CPAT Practice Tests prior to the actual CPAT Test. A candidate may waive these requirements, however if you have never attended a CPAT event, you are HIGHLY encouraged to attend the Orientation(s) and Practice Test(s) prior to your CPAT Test. You should start preparing for such at this time. You may schedule your CPAT Orientation and/or CPAT Practice Tests at the PST website.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant Once an applicant has applied with the City of Spokane and the applicant’s score is received from PST they will be ranked on an eligibility list based on that score and will remain on the list for 2 years. The City of Spokane will not consider any other score until 6 months has passed from the previous test date. At that time the City of Spokane will consider the most recent available score from the applicant if they choose to re-apply.    
Request/ Access Scores The City of Spokane will update their eligibility list on a continuous basis. Please apply directly with the City of Spokane once you have received a passing score on the written PST examination at https://my.spokanecity.org/jobs/classified/.

The City of Spokane will allow applicants to apply with new scores once every six months.

Current Hiring Status

The eligibility list is a continuous listing and maintained as scores are received from PST with oral board interviews conducted on an as needed basis. Vacancies are filled by Civil Service "rule of ten" with the top ten candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation and selection as vacancies occur.

Salary Information

$ 38,953 - $88,819 per year

Benefit Information

Major medical and life insurance policies are available at group rates to employees and families; paid vacation; paid sick leave; LEOFF retirement; tuition reimbursement program and other negotiated benefits.