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Olympia Fire Department

  • Contact Information

    Olympia Fire Department
    100 Eastside Street NE
    Olympia, Washington 98506
    Phone: 360-753-8348
    Department Website

Agency Added: 01/01/2016 | Last updated: 07/09/2018

Community Information

Olympia - the Capitol City of Washington State - enjoys the benefits of a stable work force, an engaged and educated community, and a well-supported school system. In addition to public and private primary and secondary schools, Olympia features a community college (South Puget Sound C.C), a state college (The Evergreen State College) and a private Catholic university (St. Martin’s University).

Mild winters and pleasantly warm summers make the Olympia area an ideal place for outdoor recreation. Olympia's geographic location puts one within two hours or less of regional recreational attractions - from hiking, skiing and hunting in the mountains to beachcombing along ocean shores to biking in the Capitol State Forest. Olympia is the home to several community-wide and diverse celebrations such as Lakefair, Arts Walk, Harbor Days, Pet Parade and the Christmas Parade among others.

Olympia has been voted as the Best Place in Western Washington to raise a family and recognized as the most secure and livable mid-sized metro area in the nation. Referred to as the “Hippest Town in the West” by Time Magazine, Olympia is the place to discover creative communities, fresh air and affordable living. It is a great place to serve!

Visit www.olympiawa.gov to view more information about our Department.

Department Information

The City of Olympia Fire Department is an all-career department with 90 uniformed members 97 members’ total. The department deploys four engines, one ladder truck, two medic units and a battalion unit. The engines and truck are staffed with two firefighters and an officer, while the medic units are staffed with two firefighter/paramedics. At minimum staffing, there is a full complement of 20 members on duty. OFD covers approximately 25 square miles and in 2017, responded to 11,600 calls for service. Operations members work a 24 hour shift, 7:30am to 7:30 am, with 48 hours off. Firefighters normally work 8 shifts every 27 days, with one 24 hour Kelly Day off.


Area Information

Population Size: 52,000

County: Thurston

# of staff: 97.25


Area Information

  • Population Size: 51,202
  • County: Thurston
  • # of staff: 97

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age 18 X  
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen OR a registered permanent resident alien with authorization to work in the United States. X  
High School Grad/ GED Yes X  
Driver's License Required Applicants must obtain a WA driver’s license if appointed. X  
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult Any felony conviction as an adult is disqualifying.    
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Any felony conviction as a juvenile may be disqualifying.    
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Defined within the LEOFF Medical Physical Standards.   X
College Requirement No    
EMT Certification EMT certification is required within one year of appointment.    
Other This agency allows out of state testing.    
CPAT Your CPAT must be completed with Public Safety Testing to be valid, CPAT certifications from other fire departments or testing centers will not be accepted.    
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year    
Request/ Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
Automatic1 or more traffic crime convictions in last 3 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.).
AutomaticSuspension of driver's license within past 3 years.
PotentialMore than one DUI conviction in a lifetime.
PotentialMultiple traffic infractions within the last five years (e.g., no liability insurance, no driver’s license, speeding).
PotentialKnowingly driving without a valid driver’s license or without car insurance for an extended period.
Drug Usage
PotentialPattern of, or excessive illegal use of drugs in the past 5 years.
PotentialExcessive illegal use of drugs prior to the past 5 years.
PotentialUntreated alcohol or substance abuse.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny adult felony conviction.
AutomaticUnlawful sexual misconduct.
PotentialCriminal conduct as an adult.
PotentialAny act of domestic violence.
PotentialMisdemeanor convictions.
PotentialJuvenile felony convictions.
AutomaticDomestic violence conviction.
PotentialSignificant non-judicial punishment in the military (e.g., Article 15 or Captain’s Mast).
PotentialUnsatisfactory work history.
PotentialSignificant history of disciplinary or corrective action, including being late to work and abuse of unscheduled leave.
PotentialUnexplained frequent job turnover.
PotentialMisrepresentation on an employment application.
PotentialNegative personal or professional references.
PotentialHistory of financial irresponsibility.
PotentialHistory of behavior demonstrating anger control problems.
PotentialPrejudice or bigotry toward a class of people.
PotentialDiscriminatory action, including sexual harassment.
PotentialFalsifying documents or giving false information.
PotentialIntentional deception in the selection process of any investigative agency.
PotentialFailure to notify the City of a change of address.
PotentialFailure to show for any City of Olympia appointment or being late without a satisfactory explanation.
PotentialFailure to cooperate with the background investigation process.

Current Hiring Status

Vacancies: At least 3

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 three" with the top three candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation & selection as vacancies occur.

Salary Information

 2018: Firefighter Recruit -- $25.39/hour, $65,799.48 annual Firefighter-- $75,198.59 to $93,998.62 annual

Benefit Information

Firefighters are members of the International Association of Firefighters. Members receive medical, dental, vision coverage, retirement, basic life and AD&D, supplemental life and long term disability options. The following table outlines benefit contributions of the employee and the City: https://publicsafetytesting.com/media/IAFF%20Benefits%20Chart.pdf