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Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority

  • Contact Information

    Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority
    24611 116th Avenue SE
    Kent, Washington 98030
    Phone: 253-856-4300
    Department Website

Agency Added: 02/23/2007 | Last updated: 02/17/2019

Community Information


Department Information

The Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority (RFA) was incorporated on July 1, 2010.  The RFA serves four distinct communities, the City of Kent, King County Fire District 37, the City of Covington, the City of SeaTac and the City of Maple Valley. We serve a combination of residential, commercial, warehousing and manufacturing. 

The governing body is the RFA Governance Board, which consists of 3 current, seated members from the City of Kent Council, 3 current, seated Fire District 37 Commissioners, 1 current, seated nonvoting advisory position from the City of Covington Council and 1 current, seated nonvoting advisory position from the City of SeaTac.

The RFA currently serves an area of approximately 60 square miles in size.  Within this service area there is over 64 million square feet of commercial space which houses areas of heavy and light industry, warehousing and retail businesses.  Residential development exists in urban, suburban and rural environments.

The total population served by the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority is approximately 171,740; 120,500 reside within the City of Kent, 18,100 reside within the limits of Covington; 27,310 reside within the City of SeaTac and 5,830 reside within the area known as King County Fire District 37.

The Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority, a nationally accredited fire department, is a full service department consisting of 6 divisions; Administration, Operations, Fire Prevention, Emergency Management, Safety/Logistics and Support Services.  The Administration Division consists of Finance, Human Resources, Payroll and Civil Service.  The Operations Division staffs 10 stations with 9 engines, 2 sky booms, 2 aid units, 1 ladder truck and 3 command vehicles, 24-hours a day, and work a 48/96 schedule.  We also provide a hazardous materials response team and surface water rescue team.  The Fire Prevention Division provides plan review, new construction and tenant improvement inspections, business inspections, fire and injury prevention education, fire and arson investigations, strategic planning, data and technology support.  The Emergency Management Division provides contingency and continuity of operations planning, which includes mitigation, preparedness responses, and recovery for natural and man-made disaster, for the city government and disaster preparedness training for employees, local businesses, school districts and our citizens.  The Administration/Support Services Division coordinates vehicle maintenance, facility maintenance and purchases of new apparatus.


Area Information

  • Population: 173,359 (Inc. Kent, Covington, KCFD#37 and SeaTac)
  • County: King

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 Yes X  
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None X  
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile None. X  
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Must meet LEOFF II standards.   X
College Requirement Preferred    
EMT Certification Must obtain EMT certification within 12 months of employment and maintain a current level of certification.    
Current Hiring Status Candidates are placed on an eligibility list based on a combination of their written test scores, oral board scores, and veteran's points (as applicable). Oral boards are schedule on an as needed basis. Candidates will be contacted directly if they are considered for oral boards.    
Other Employee is required to meet all of the requirements outlined in the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee Standards and complete the apprenticeship program within 36 months.

This agency does not allow out of state testing.
CPAT Candidates must successfully pass the Public Safety Testing CPAT. No outside CPAT certifications will be accepted.    
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider all the scores from the same applicant    
Request/ Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
AutomaticCandidate must be insurable according to RFA's standards.
AutomaticThe Driver Evaluation Point System is a point system to determine if current employees or potential new employees are eligible to operate a motor vehicle within the scope of their employment, based on their driving history. Compare the moving violations listed on your driver's abstract (a five year record review is recommended) to this rating guide. Please follow the link below to review the Driver Evaluation Point System:
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If your driving record is under 5 points, continue the application.
Questions should be directed to the Civil Service Office (253) 856-4320.
Drug Usage
PotentialIllegal drug use, in any form, will be scrutinized on a case by case basis.
AutomaticIllegal drug use in the last 5 years.
AutomaticSale, growth/manufacturing of illegal drugs.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny adult felony conviction.
AutomaticAdult misdedeamor convictions within the last 5 years.
PotentialJuvenile misdemeanor and felony convictions will be carefully reviewed.
PotentialAdult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
AutomaticUnlawful sexual conduct or sexual crime convictions.
AutomaticBeen convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
AutomaticWithdrawn from consideration for any (fire/law enforcement/fire/corrections/dispatch) employment because of the following reasons: Criminal activity or dishonesty.
AutomaticBeen dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
AutomaticIntentional deception, misrepresentation or lies during any stage of the hiring process, including the background investigation.
AutomaticFalsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
AutomaticSignificant history of disciplinary or corrective action, including being late to work, abuse of unscheduled leave or insubordination.
PotentialTerminations or leaving employer in lieu of termination will be scrutinized on a case by case basis.
PotentialFailure to pay income tax or child support
PotentialCurrent credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed
AutomaticCurrent unpaid child support.
AutomaticHistory of behavior demonstrating anger control problems, including pattern of fighting (physical or verbal).
AutomaticDiscriminatory action, including sexual harassment.
AutomaticPrejudice or bigotry toward a class of people.

Current Hiring Status

Candidates are placed on an eligibility list based on a combination of their oral board scores and veteran's points (as applicable). Oral boards will be conducted the week of September 24-28, 2018. Candidates must complete the written test and CPAT by August 10th 2018, and will be contacted directly if they are considered for oral boards.

Salary Information

2018 base salary: entry-level salary is $6,144/month progressing to $8,191 at the completion of the 36 month apprentice program.

Benefit Information

LEOFF 2 retirement, 1 deferred compensation program, 1 medical provider to choose from. 288 hours of sick leave earned annually for first four years, then 216 hours annually. 3.5 shifts of holiday leave and 9.5 shifts of vacation leave annually for the first four years, to a maximum of 16.5 shifts of vacation after 25 years. A retiree medical savings plan and educational incentives.

PSF does not participate/contribute into social security. Therefore, you may be subject to the Social Security Windfall Elimination provision.