2021 Recruitment

The deadline to participate in this process is April 29, 2021.

The VRFA has partnered with PublicSafetyTesting.com to accept written test scores in anticipation of hiring for the September 2021 recruit academy.

The VRFA is accepting PST written test scores & valid CPAT between August 1, 2020 – April 29, 2021 for the upcoming recruitment process.

Notifications inviting candidates to participate in the oral boards will be made via email beginning April 30th, no later May 4th, 2021. View the full announcement here.

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2022 Recruitment

The deadline to register to participate in this process is April 19, 2021

The VRFA will be participating in the WAFireCareers.org testing process to accept written test scores in anticipation of hiring for the February 2022 recruit academy.

To be considered for hiring for the 2022 academy, candidates will need to have a valid CPAT and participate in the WA Fire Careers written test between April 30 – May 1, 2021.

Only candidate written test scores received from WA Fire Careers will be accepted for consideration moving forward after April 29, 2021.

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VRFA Testing Components


Once you have completed the written test 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.

View Current Eligibility List

Candidates must pass the CPAT prior to the application closing date. There will be a minimum passing score of 70% on the written exam to be considered for the oral board panel interview.

If you are claiming veterans’ preference in accordance with RCW 41.04.010, you must include the following Veteran’s Declaration 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Candidates who are late to the oral board process will be withdrawn from further consideration in the entry level process.

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 status.

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: