Firefighter Position

Mercer Island Fire Department - Firefighter



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Mercer Island Fire Department - Firefighter

Last updated on August 04, 2022
PST Partner Agency since March 19, 2012

Vacancies: 2

Testing Deadline: August 26, 2022.

Important Information

COVID vaccination is a requirement of employment.

Community Information

Island History

Just over five miles long and two miles wide, Mercer Island is an island community situated in Lake Washington, east of the City of Seattle and west of the City of Bellevue. Early settlement on Mercer Island began in the late 1870s. The Island was named after one of the three pioneering Mercer brothers from Illinois, all of whom had great influence in the Seattle area. Although none of the brothers lived on Mercer Island, they would often hunt and explore throughout the island’s secluded forests.

In these early days, island settlers would travel by rowboat to the neighboring community of Seattle in order to pick up any necessities. An occasional tramp steamer would drop off items that were too large to transport by rowboat.

Because of the inconveniences of island living, settlement was slow until C.C. Calkins platted the town of East Seattle and built a luxurious resort on the western side of the island in 1891. A ferry dock was built and small steamers began to make regular trips. With transportation available, the area began to attract more residents. Public water travel continued until July 2, 1940 when the floating bridge from Mercer Island to Seattle opened.

Today, Interstate 90 connects Mercer Island with Seattle and Bellevue. It is an eight-lane freeway system, which includes two separate side-by-side floating bridges across Lake Washington. The regional Sound Transit light rail network is being extended along the northern bridge all the way to Redmond, and is slated to open in 2023; Mercer Island will have a station.

Mercer Island is primarily a single-family, high-quality residential community with a commercial business district and multi-family dwellings concentrated at the northern end of the Island. Its close proximity to both Seattle and Bellevue makes island living convenient.

The City owns approximately 475 acres of parkland and open space, which helps maintain the island’s natural beauty. The result is quiet, forested neighborhoods, complemented by stunning views of Seattle, the Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier and Lake Washington. It is an active community where volunteer boards and commissions work closely with the City Council and city staff. The City of Mercer Island is known for providing quality customer service to more than 25,000 residents.

Department Information

The Mission of the Mercer Island Fire Department (MIFD) is to contribute to Mercer Island’s reputation as a safe, friendly, economically thriving community in which to live, work, learn, play and visit. The Fire Department achieves its mission by providing the highest quality local and regional fire prevention, suppression, emergency medical services, rescue, disaster preparedness and community education services.

Area Information

County: King
Population: 25,000
# of Staff: 28

Hiring Status

Mercer Island Fire Department - Firefighter has 2 vacancies.

The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is August 26, 2022.

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

Number of Current Vacancies:  2

Salary Information

2022 Starting Wage:


Benefit Information

Medical, Dental, Vision, Long-term Disability, Life Insurance & Deferred Compensation match of 6.73%.

Mercer Island Fire Department - Firefighter Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination Yes, required
Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Yes, required as described below

The agency will accept any verifiable CPAT.

Minimum Age 18
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Yes
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/20 and 20/30 in lesser eye.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year
Request/Access Scores Quarterly

Contact Information

Mercer Island Fire Department - Firefighter

3030 78th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040 King County


Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
CPAT: Yes, required as described below

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