Firefighter, Spokane, Washington

Created 11/21/2023
Reference 700999
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State Washington
City Spokane
Salary $64,665.36 - $111,657.15 Annually

Are you passionate about serving others and your community? Do you have a desire to help people on a daily basis? Would others describe you as professional and ethical? If so, a career as a Firefighter at the City of Spokane may be the perfect profession for you!

The Spokane Fire Department (SFD) seeks applicants that are interested in joining a team of dedicated individuals to protect and serve Spokane citizens. SFD is responsible for emergency medical services, fire suppression, mitigating the consequences from disasters, and rescue activities. In addition to emergency work, members provide a wide range of services to the community, including blood pressure screening, tours of fire stations and apparatus, and on-duty fire and life safety presentations within the community.

Not only does a career as a Firefighter offer various advancement opportunities and diverse career paths but also rewarding and fulfilling work. The Spokane Fire Department operates 16 stations throughout the city and provides emergency response, prevention education, and training.

Firefighters also receive an excellent benefits package including a pension plan and annual salary increases!

Why choose the Spokane region:

Why do locals love Spokane? It may depend on whom you ask but most will tell you it is because of the abundance of outdoor recreation, numerous waterways within a close driving distance, arts and culture, a plethora of breweries and wineries, and a rich food scene in the vibrant downtown core. With its natural beauty, entertainment, award winning K-12 schools and excellent colleges and universities it's no wonder why Spokane continues to grow! Learn more about our city


  • Responds to fire incidents with a company; lays hose; holds and directs nozzle and water streams; raises and climbs ladders; uses standard firefighting equipment; removes persons from danger; administers emergency medical treatment; performs salvage and overhaul operations.
  • Performs fire prevention functions such as inspection of business establishments, apartment complexes and schools in assigned district. Assists residents in eliminating hazards and fire dangers.
  • Performs general housekeeping and maintenance work in the upkeep of the assigned station and equipment. Participates in the recovery, cleaning and inspection of equipment after incidents.
  • Drives and operates various automotive, mechanical, and auxiliary fire apparatus.
  • May be assigned specialized duties in addition to regular duties.
  • Responds to medical emergencies and operates emergency medical equipment and exercises clinical judgment within the licensed scope of practice.
  • May be assigned as a member of any apparatus staffed or operated by the Fire Department.
  • Periodically inspects assigned "first-due" area and become familiar with buildings, locations and condition of fire hydrants, streets potential fire hazards and dangers and to compile comprehensive pre-incident plans.
  • Performs related work as required.


Open Entry
(Open entry applicants must meet all requirements at the time of application.)
  • Education: High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Experience: No previous experience necessary.
  • All applicants must possess a valid driver's license.

NOTE: Minimum medical and health standards for this classification are established by state laws. All successful candidates who have been offered a position will be required to pass the necessary examinations prior to appointment.

  • Ability to see, with or without corrective lenses, well enough to read fine print, such as maps, identify shapes at night such as house numbers and to distinguish shapes through smoky conditions.
  • Ability to hear, with or without a hearing aid, and speak well enough to converse on a radio or telephone and give or receive orders in muffled conditions.
  • Ability to climb a variety of ladders.
  • Enough body mobility to maintain balance in precarious positions and to crawl in confined spaces..
  • Enough manual dexterity to maintain and operate necessary equipment and tools.
  • Enough strength to rescue heavy people while in protective clothing and carry equipment up a ladder.
  • Tolerance and stamina to work under adverse, hazardous conditions, such as smoke, gas, heat, cold and confined spaces, for extended periods of time.


Recruitment for this job classification is open until further notice. Firefighter applicants must pass the Public Safety Testing, Inc., examination to be eligible for hire by the City of Spokane. After you have completed the PST exam, you must apply through the City website for review and placement on the eligible list. PST scores must be less than one year old. Applicants may reapply every twelve months with new PST scores.

Upon request, at time of application, the City will provide alternative accessible tests to individuals with disabilities that impair manual, sensory or speaking skills needed to take the test, unless the test is intended to measure those skills.

Sign up through the Public Safety Testing, Inc. website, here: .

NOTE: The standard PST written test cost is $54, which allows applicants to choose up to two (2) agencies to receive their results. Applicants may select more agencies, for additional fees. Applicants who apply to agencies other than City of Spokane, or who take the test at a date or location other than the designated free test date in Spokane, are responsible for all costs incurred.

NOTE: A CPAT is required at time of interview. CPAT costs are the responsibility of the candidate. The cost is $139.00

Additional examinations shall be administered as applications are received with results merged into one eligible list according to final ratings, pursuant to the Merit System Rules of the Civil Service Commission: Rule IV, Section 13 - Continuous Examinations.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity within our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, familial status, genetic information, veteran/military status or disability status. As a Fair Chance employer, City of Spokane does not conduct initial background screening for non-public safety positions.

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