2020 Testing Process


The VRFA will be accepting Public Safety Testing (PST) test scores between August 15, 2019 — July 31, 2020 for the upcoming Recruitment Process. Prospective candidates must complete the written test and pass the CPAT by July 31, 2020.

Notification emails inviting candidates to participate in the oral board process will be made after the application closing date of July 31, no later than August 4, 2020. Oral boards will be held on August 28, 31, and September 1 – 4, 2020 to establish an eligibility list in anticipation of hiring in 2021. Fire Academy is set to begin on February 1, 2021.

Basic Requirements


  • At least 21 years of age by closing date for application period
  • U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • Pass the Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT)
  • High School Diploma or GED Equivalency
  • Valid Driver’s License

Getting Started: Public Safety Testing


The VRFA has partnered with Public Safety Testing (PST) to conduct the initial testing of candidates consisting of the following components:

PublicSafetyTesting.com will provide additional information regarding the scoring process and the written and CPAT expiration dates for purposes of the testing process.

To begin your application with the VRFA, follow the link below to apply on PST and select the testing date most convenient for you.

Apply with the VRFA

VRFA Testing Components


Once you have completed the Public Saftey Testing component of the application process, your written score is sent the VRFA Test Administrator to be evaluated. The VRFA will invite the top group of candidates to move forward to the interview process.

There will be a 70% minimum passing score on the written exam to be considered for the oral board panel interview.

Final examination scores are comprised of the results of the applicants written exam (weighted 30%), the oral board panel interview (weighted 70%), and applicable veterans’ preference.

If you are claiming veterans’ preference in accordance with RCW 41.04.010, you must include the commission’s request form and a copy of your discharge document (DD214) at the time of your oral board panel interview.

Candidates who are late to the oral board process will be withdrawn from further consideration in the entry level process.

Candidates will have their names placed on an eligibility list in rank order of final examination scores. The eligibility list will remain in effect for six (6) months and may be extended by the Civil Service Commission in six (6) month increments up to two (2) years in total duration.

If an eligibility list is exhausted or not extended by the Commission, the Chief Examiner may identify a group of candidates who have the next highest written examination scores. A new eligibility list would be established.

In anticipation of vacancies, please complete the Public Safety Testing Personal History Statement (PHS). The VRFA makes all hiring decisions after a pre-employment selection process which includes a background investigation, physical ability test, drug test, psychological and medical examination.

Offers of employment will be conditional upon successfully completing the pre-employment process. If the pre-employment background process is satisfactory, the candidate remains on the eligibility list; if not, the conditional offer may be withdrawn and the candidate is removed from the eligibility list.

When a vacancy occurs, the Civil Service Chief Examiner certifies to the VRFA Fire Chief the appropriate number of names from the eligibility list for consideration. The Commission observes a “Rule of Five” in certifying names. The Fire Chief may then consider the eligible candidates and has the discretion to hire any of the individuals certified in accordance with the Civil Service Rules.

Located at the South King County Fire Training Consortium in Kent, WA.

Please be aware that the consortium does not have on-site dorm/housing options at this time.

What will YOUR VRFA Story be?


When you join the VRFA, your opportunities will continue to grow. Discover how you can strengthen your unique abilities and serve the community through our specialty programs:

  • Technical Rescue
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Medical Programs

Why wait to start your journey? See how you could be making a difference when you choose to serve at the VRFA: