Spokane Valley Fire Department employs more than 175 firefighters, some of whom are also officers, paramedics or apparatus engineers. All firefighters are Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). Many become members of special teams within the Department, skilled in various specialties. Firefighters work one 24-hour shift from 0800-0800, every third day. We also employ about 25 administrative staff who support the work of firefighters.
The employment process for all open positions is governed by the Civil Service process, unless otherwise noted. Questions? Please call Pegy Callahan, Civil Service Examiner at 892-4140.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We will not base decisions on race, color, sexual orientation, age, nation of origin, religion, marital status, veteran status, disability or other protected status. We encourage people of color and women to apply.
Entry Level Firefighter
Written Test: Applicants need to register to test with National Testing Network (NTN) (www.nationaltestingnetwork.com). The most recent test scores from NTN for tests taken between October 10, 2021 through close of application will be considered.
Physical Ability Test: Current, valid CPAT certification from a verifiable CPAT program administered October 10, 2021 through close of application will be considered. The department will not offer a CPAT test. All CPAT certifications will be verified by SVFD. CPAT certifications from companies other than National Testing Network can be submitted directly to SVFD via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Oral Interview: Applicants will be notified via email by SVFD if they are selected to participate in the interview panel. Additional information (including an application) will be requested at that time.
24 on / 48 off with 14 Kelly Days
- Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application
- Must be a U.S. Citizen
- High school diploma or GED equivalency
- Must hold and maintain a valid state drivers’ license from any state
- Must be a non-tobacco user including e-cigarette/vape
- Candidates will be trained and certified as a WA EMT in their initial fire academy training and will be required to maintain their WA EMT certification as a condition of employment (EMT not required to be hired or for application)
- Must maintain the department’s minimum training and performance standards
- Must pass NTN Test with a 70% (Military Points are added only to passing scores)
- Must be fully vaccinated for COVID by the start of Academy, if mandated by the state (2023)
$5,799.80 per Month – 1st Year – (70% of Top Step FF)
$6,628.34 per Month – 2nd Year – (80% of Top Step FF)
$7,456.89 per Month – 3rd Year – (90% of Top Step FF)
$8,285.43 per Month – 4th Year – (100% – Top Step FF)
- Retirement – Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters II (LEOFF)
- Deferred Compensation – Department matches 5% of monthly wages
- Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance – Provided with a maximum monthly employee contribution of $81.11
- Provided Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) – $1,700 per year
- Paid Vacation – Earned at an initial rate of 6 shift, up to 13 shifts based on longevity
- Holidays – Compensated
- Bereavement Leave – Two shifts for approved family members
- Paid Sick Leave – Earned at a rate of 18 hours per month
Military Preference: Military preference credit will be awarded in accordance with RCW 41.04. Applicants claiming military preference must do so on the Veteran’s Scoring Criteria Questionnaire with evidence of their military service attached. (Form DD214 or discharge orders). If Form DD214 or discharge orders are not submitted, or if the questionnaire is not filled out in its entirety, military preference percentage will not be awarded.