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Employment Opportunities

Tacoma Fire Department Minimum Job Requirements

You must meet the following criteria to be eligible for employment with the Tacoma Fire Department:

  • 18 years of age at time of application
  • Possession of a valid Washington State Driver's License at the time of appointment
  • High School diploma, GED or equivalent
  • A non-smoker/tobacco user within the last two years
Applicants must pass all portions of the selection process, which includes:
Applicants must pass all portions of the selection process, which includes a background check and the following: written, physical abilities test, oral interview and a medical physical.

Who Should Apply?

We are seeking disciplined individuals who would like to serve their community and are drawn to challenges.

The Tacoma Fire Department is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, marital status, or disability status and/or veteran status.  We are made up of a highly skilled, diverse workforce. The Tacoma Fire Department values the uniqueness and diversity of each of our members. We believe our strength lies in our ability to reflect the community we serve.

Frequently Asked Questions


How does the application process work?

The application process is designed to establish an eligibility list.

How many firefighters does your department have?

We have 356 budgeted firefighter positions (2015).