Firefighter Position

Olympia Fire Department - Firefighter



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Olympia Fire Department - Firefighter

Last updated on November 16, 2022
PST Partner Agency since December 15, 2015

Vacancies: 18

Testing Deadline: December 01, 2022.

Important Information

The Olympia Fire Department has a continuous hiring process. 

Candidates who pass the PST testing should regularly check their email for further information from the City of Olympia.


OFD will receive passing scores from PST (written) and process top-scoring applicants as vacancies occur throughout the year. Typically, this happens at least annually.


PLEASE NOTE:   If you have any questions or concerns regarding the disqualifiers, please contact the Human Resources Department at 360-753-8442  and ask to speak to Nicole Camus.





Prior to appointment to a position, an applicant must successfully complete a thorough background investigation, behavioral assessment, CPAT, and medical examination.  The background investigation may consist of, but is not limited to, the following:  criminal, driving, and financial history checks; interview; employment history check; neighborhood check; reference checks.


Failure to successfully pass or complete any phase of the background investigation is cause for removal from employment register.  The following information is provided to demonstrate the Olympia Fire Department standards, but it is not meant to be an exhaustive list.  Information obtained in the background investigation and testing may be cause for the Fire Chief to request removal of an applicant from a register if any examination contains negative findings. 


If you have questions about the background investigation or the civil service process, please call the City of Olympia Civil Service Examiner at 360-753-8442. 

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!

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Department Information

The City of Olympia Fire Department is an all-career department with 100 members. The department deploys four engines, one ladder truck, two medic units and a battalion unit. The engines and truck are staffed with three 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 2020, responded to over 12,000 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

County: Thurston
Population: 55,000
# of Staff: 102

Hiring Status

Olympia Fire Department - Firefighter has 18 vacancies.

The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is December 01, 2022.

Vacancies: 18

The Olympia Fire Department is planning to fill 18 vacancies. Interested candidates should complete their written test by December 1, 2022.  The top 150 candidates in the pool OR candidates that score over 80% on the written (whichever is lesser) will be invited to a speed interview round.

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

 2022: Firefighter Recruit -- $27.73/hour, $ 71,864 annual Firefighter-- $82,129- $102,662 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:


Olympia 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

Will also accept valid NTN CPAT.

Minimum Age 18
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Applicants must obtain a WA driver’s license if appointed.
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
Vision Requirements Defined within the LEOFF Medical Physical Standards.
College Requirement No
EMT Certification EMT certification is required within one year of appointment.
CPAT Please note that moving on to the Background Investigation step of the hiring process will be contingent upon proof of passing CPAT.
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

Olympia Fire Department - Firefighter Disqualifiers

The following are automatic and potential disqualifiers. Applicants should not apply to our agency if they indicate any of the automatic disqualifiers. Potential disqualifiers will be considered on a case by case basis.

Category Disqualifier
Automatic 1 or more traffic crime convictions in last 3 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.).
Automatic Suspension of driver's license within past 3 years.
Potential More than one DUI conviction in a lifetime.
Potential Multiple traffic infractions within the last five years (e.g., no liability insurance, no driver’s license, speeding).
Potential Knowingly driving without a valid driver’s license or without car insurance for an extended period.
Drug Usage
Potential Pattern of, or excessive illegal use of drugs in the past 5 years.
Potential Excessive illegal use of drugs prior to the past 5 years.
Potential Untreated alcohol or substance abuse.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Automatic Unlawful sexual misconduct.
Potential Criminal conduct as an adult.
Potential Any act of domestic violence.
Potential Misdemeanor convictions.
Potential Juvenile felony convictions.
Automatic Domestic violence conviction.
Potential Significant non-judicial punishment in the military (e.g., Article 15 or Captain’s Mast).
Potential Unsatisfactory work history.
Potential Significant history of disciplinary or corrective action, including being late to work and abuse of unscheduled leave.
Potential Unexplained frequent job turnover.
Potential Misrepresentation on an employment application.
Potential Negative personal or professional references.
Potential Insubordination.
Potential History of financial irresponsibility.
Potential History of behavior demonstrating anger control problems.
Potential Prejudice or bigotry toward a class of people.
Potential Discriminatory action, including sexual harassment.
Potential Falsifying documents or giving false information.
Potential Intentional deception in the selection process of any investigative agency.
Potential Failure to notify the City of a change of address.
Potential Failure to show for any City of Olympia appointment or being late without a satisfactory explanation.
Potential Failure to cooperate with the background investigation process.

Contact Information

Olympia Fire Department - Firefighter

100 Eastside Street NE
Olympia, WA 98506 Thurston County


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

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