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Tumwater Fire Department

  • Contact Information

    Tumwater Fire Department
    555 Israel Road SW
    Tumwater, Washington 98501
    Phone: 360-754-4122
    Department Website

Agency Added: 10/12/2016 | Last updated: 12/01/2018

Community Information

The City of Tumwater is located at the southern tip of Puget Sound. The rugged Olympic Mountains rise in the distance and Mount Rainier seems close enough to touch on a clear day. Tumwater is just adjacent to our state capital, the city of Olympia, and 60 miles south of Seattle on the I-5 corridor. Tumwater is part of metropolitan Thurston County which has a population of 269,500. Thurston County offers ample opportunities for both rural and urban living. Many employees enjoy living in the rural county area while still keeping their commute short due to the close proximity of the metropolitan tri-city area of Tumwater, Olympia, and Lacey. Tumwater traces its roots to the pioneer community known as New Market which began on the banks of the Deschutes River in 1845. This site is regarded as the "end of the Oregon Trail" and the early village was the first permanent, European settlement in Washington. Tumwater is a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Department Information

The Tumwater Fire Department is dedicated to protecting the citizens, their property and the environment from natural and man-made emergencies. This protection is delivered to the citizens by means of emergency response, public education, code enforcement and disaster planning. The service area has expanded to meet the needs of our growing community.

The department provides services to the public from two locations, the Headquarters Fire Station, 311 Israel Road SW (24 hrs/day) and the North End substation, 405 Linwood Avenue SW, which is working toward full staffing in 2018. The City is a contract provider within the Thurston County Medic One system. As a system partner, Advanced Life Support (ALS) certified firefighter paramedics respond to medical emergencies in the city and county, and are fully cross-trained as firefighters. Paramedic services are also provided to the Rochester/Grand Mound area under contract with Thurston County Medic One.

The Tumwater Fire Department has 45 career positions, 10 volunteers, and four administrative staff operating out of two fire stations. Our primary service area covers over 17 square miles. We receive over 4,000 calls for service per year. The department regularly participates in regional fire training programs with high emphasis on fire safety and efficiency. Operations members work a 24-hour shift, with 48 hours off.

Area Information

  • Population Size: 23,000
  • County: Thurston

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age 21   X
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.   X
High School Grad/ GED Yes   X
Driver's License Required Yes   X
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Defined with LEOFF Medical Standards. X  
College Requirement No    
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.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny adult felony conviction.
AutomaticUnlawful sexual misconduct.

Current Hiring Status

We expect to fill up to five (5) career positions in 2019. Apply today!

Vacancies are filled by Civil Service with the top seven candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation and selection as vacancies occur. 

Salary Information

$5,287 - $7,5532 per month (2019)

Benefit Information

The City of Tumwater is a great place to work. We provide a generous benefit package. The position is represented by  International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2409. Members receive medical, dental, vision coverage, retirement, basic life and AD&D, supplemental life and long term disability options. The City provides twelve paid holidays, including 9/11 Day, plus vacation and sick leave.