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Bellevue Fire Department

Agency Added: 07/08/2016 | Last updated: 02/07/2019

Community Information

Located three miles east of Seattle, Washington, between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, and about ten miles west of the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, the City of Bellevue is Washington's 5th largest city. It encompasses an area of approximately 31 square miles, with a resident population of 139,000. The City of Bellevue has evolved from a "bedroom community" into the economic and cultural hub of the Seattle-area's Eastside. The downtown core has developed into a major business and retail center, while maintaining the safe, comfortable family neighborhoods for which it has long been popular.

Department Information

As an Internationally Accredited fire and life safety organization, the Bellevue Fire Department is dedicated to making Bellevue one of the finest and safest places to live, work, and visit in the nation. It is committed to delivering the highest level of fire suppression, emergency medical, fire prevention, and disaster services possible for our rapidly changing residential, business, and corporate communities. Under the direction of Fire Chief Jay Hagen, the Bellevue Fire Department provides a variety of life-safety services to city residents, as well as to the residents of several other surrounding communities, including Beaux Arts, Clyde Hill, Hunts Point, Medina, Newcastle, and Yarrow Point. As a regional provider of Advance Life Support (ALS) services, the Bellevue Fire Department's comprehensive Emergency Medical Services program currently operates four Medic One units, which provide a high level of patient care to approximately 281,000 Eastside and Snoqualmie Valley residents spread out over a 301 square mile area. The Bellevue Fire Department consists of 244 dedicated employees, of which 200 are Firefighters, Paramedics, Lieutenants, Captains, and Battalion Chiefs, who staff nine fire stations and four Medic One locations 24-hours a day. The remaining 44 staff members are assigned to Fire Administration and six separate divisions, which include Emergency Medical Services, Office of Emergency Management, Fire Prevention, Training, Supply & Maintenance, and Public Education & Outreach.

Area Information

  • POPULATION: 139,000
  • COUNTY: King
  • DEPT. SIZE: 244

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age 18 X  
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident. X  
High School Grad/ GED Yes X  
Driver's License Required A valid driver's license is required at the time of test. A valid Washington State driver's license is required by the time of hire. X  
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements See Minimum Medical Standards for Firefighters in Washington Cities and Fire Districts (June 1987) for details. Final determination is made by the Fire Chief based on information obtained by the Department's appointed physician who performs the entry-level physical examinations.   X
Other This agency does not allow out-of-state testing.    
CPAT This agency will accept CPAT certifications from Public Safety Testing (PST) or National Testing Network (NTN). CPAT certifications will be provided directly to the agency by the candidate when requested by the agency and must be completed within twelve months (365 days) of the closing date of the exam.
*NOTE – If you are testing for PST agencies other than Bellevue Fire Department you will need to complete a CPAT certification with Public Safety Testing for those agencies.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant When multiple written scores for one candidate appear on the list, this agency accepts the highest score obtained in the previous 12 months.    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
PotentialInformation gathered during a comprehensive examination of applicant driving records will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAn applicant will fail and not qualify to continue in the selection process if s/he has been convicted of a felony within the last ten years involving a crime of violence, or the threat of violence against another person, a crime against property, a crime involving the sale or use of illegal drugs, or a crime going to an individual’s honesty or integrity.
PotentialAn applicant may fail and not qualify to continue in the selection process if s/he has been convicted of a felony more than ten years ago, or a misdemeanor within the last seven years involving a crime of violence, or the threat of violence against another person, a crime against property, a crime involving the sale or use of illegal drugs, or a crime going to an individual’s honesty or integrity.
PotentialApplicant employment records are reviewed and evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
PotentialCurrent credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Current Hiring Status

The City of Bellevue will be collecting Public Safety Testing (PST) written test scores in late June 2019 (specific date to be determined). Candidates must have a valid CPAT (Candidate Physical Abilities Test), administered by either PST (Public Safety Testing) or NTN (National Testing Center), prior to Bellevue collecting written scores. If you will be submitting a CPAT from NTN, you MUST indicate that in the “Other Certifications” area of your PST profile.

The top 200 (approximately) scoring applicants will receive an email notification from the City of Bellevue with instructions on how to continue the application process through the City’s NeoGov application system. The applicants who are contacted by email, will also be directed to self-schedule for the first interview using NEOGOV. The interviews that applicants self-schedule will be held on July 29 and 30, 2019 and no additional interview days or times will be available. The top 40 scoring applicants from the first interview will move on to the second interview.

The applicants who successfully move on from the first round of interviews, must be available to participate in the second round of interviews, tentatively scheduled between August 12 – 16, 2019. In addition to the interview, each applicant will need to pass a ladder raise evolution.

Applicants who successfully pass the second round of interviews will be placed on the Entry-Level Firefighter Eligibility List. This is a list of Firefighter candidates who are eligible to be hired by the City of Bellevue. The list will be formed by using the second-round interview passing scores. Vacancies are filled by using the Civil Service rules, with the top candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for a background investigation, and psychological and medical exams as vacancies occur. Inquiries can be sent at any time to BellevueFireTraining@bellevuewa.gov. The City of Bellevue intends to hold a Firefighter Recruit Academy in January 2020.

Salary Information

1st Step: $6,130.37 per month
Top Step: $7,794.50 per month

Benefit Information

City of Bellevue has a comprehensive benefits package including: *Medical, dental and vision coverage; *Life Insurance; *Accidental death and dismemberment insurance; *Long Term Disability Insurance; *Paid Vacation and Sick Leave ; *Retirement programs, which include mandatory participation in the State of Washington LEOFF pension plan, optional participation in MEBT - a 401k retirement savings plan - and a 457 deferred compensation plan.