Firefighter Position

S.E. Thurston Regional Fire Authority - Firefighter



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S.E. Thurston Regional Fire Authority - Firefighter

Last updated on April 05, 2021
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011

Vacancy: 1

Testing Deadline: May 18, 2021.

Important Information

Candidates will be contacted via email from once when the filing window closes and will be informed of the next steps in the process. If a candidate does not respond to the interview notification by the requested date, they will be withdrawn from the process.

NO PHONE CALLS. If you have questions, email

Community Information

The Yelm and Rainier areas are vibrant and dynamic cities, situated in south Thurston County - with picturesque views of Mount Rainier from almost any location around the area. Yelm and Rainier represent a very special place in Washington State with a fascinating mix of small-town pride and history. The Yelm/Rainier area stands out among the most livable cities in Thurston County attributed to the highly attractive landscape, proximity to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and affordability. The Yelm/Rainier area has grown over 42% in the last 10 years and are expected to more than double their current populations by 2040.

To a large extent, Yelm and Rainier act as a bedroom community for residents working in the surrounding cities of Tacoma, Olympia, and Centralia. They also hosts a large number of military families currently or formerly stationed at nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Yelm is also adjacent Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment which draws thousands of students to the area from around the world for events throughout the year.

Yelm and Rainier offer safe neighborhoods, affordability, great schools, fabulous parks, family-oriented community celebrations, and a vast array of business, employment and volunteer opportunities. The Yelm/Rainier area has become the center of commerce for south Thurston and southeast Pierce Counties, with a daily market area of over 30,000 people due to the availability of retail goods and services, and proximity to all major metropolitan areas of western Washington.

Department Information

Service area of 84 square miles includes the Cities of Yelm & Rainier and the surrounding unincorporated area located in Thurston County. The City of Yelm and Rainier are classified as Suburban with the remaining service area designated as rural. Call volume in excess of 3,500 emergency responses annually. S.E. Thurston currently staffs two stations and is the primary BLS transport agency for our jurisdiction. SETFA has 25 career members and a robust volunteer program.

Call Volume:
2019 = 3,734
2020 = 3,486

Area Information

County: Thurston
Population: 40,000+
# of Staff: 25

Hiring Status

S.E. Thurston Regional Fire Authority - Firefighter has 1 vacancy.

The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is May 18, 2021.

Number of Current Vacancies: 2021 = 1 vacancy, 2022 = possible multiple positions

Salary Information

Entry level firefighter - $72,161.88 - $88,639.69 annual

Benefit Information

100% medical/dental/vision -employee & qualified dependents, 5% deferred compensation.

S.E. Thurston Regional Fire Authority - Firefighter Requirements

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

We will accept any recognized, verifiable CPAT with supporting documentation. CPAT completion must have been within 12 months. Candidates selected to move forward in our hiring process will receive an email with instructions for submitting required documentation.

Minimum Age 21
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident Legally Eligible to Work in the US
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Yes
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None.
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Will be carefully reviewed on a case by case basis
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/20
EMT Certification Yes
Firefighter 1 Certification Yes
CPAT Must be completed by oral board.
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

S.E. Thurston Regional Fire Authority - 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
Drug Usage
Automatic Illegal use of illegal drugs in the last 5 years.
Automatic Pattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Potential Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Any juvenile felony conviction.
Automatic Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
Automatic Unlawful sexual misconduct.
Automatic Lied during any stage of the hiring process.
Automatic Falsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
Potential Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Contact Information

S.E. Thurston Regional Fire Authority - Firefighter

PO Box 777
Yelm, WA 98597 Thurston County


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

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