The following information below is provided to answer some of your questions about our firefighter recruitment process.

NOTE: In accordance with Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14, District employees must be fully vaccinated by date of hire. Please note medical or religious accommodation may be available once an offer of employment is made.

Recruitment Process

The Northshore Fire Department partners with National Testing Network (NTN) who provides full testing services for the position of Firefighter/EMT. Northshore Fire Department will select applicants from the department’s eligibility list based on the individual’s NTN test and application. Selected individuals will then be invited to participate in the additional stages of our hiring process.

For more information, or to fill out an application and schedule to test, go to National Testing Network, select Fire and sign up for the Northshore Fire Department.

What to expect at the National Testing Network website:

  • Completion of the application process
  • Review all information related to Northshore Fire Department’s Firefighter/EMT position, including minimum requirements, salary and benefits.
  • Detailed information about the testing process for both the entry level test and CPAT testing. Note: We will only accept CPAT scores from NTN or Public Safety Testing (PST).
  • Opportunity to take online practice tests at
  • Schedule your own convenient test time. Tests are offered multiple times a week, including Saturdays.
  • Take high quality job simulation tests in a standardized, fair testing environment.

Our Department participates in NTN’s fee waiver program to help our applicants with a financial need afford testing fees. To find out more and to apply, visit NTN’s FAQ page on their website (see question 27).

For questions about a career at Northshore Fire, email

The Northshore Fire Department Board of Commissioners are currently exploring the option of implementing a contract for services with another agency starting in 2022. Should this occur, the two fire districts may combine hiring processes at that time and top candidates from both lists would be considered for the new agency.

EMT Certification

A current Washington state EMT certification is required within six months of hire. If you possess a National Registry certification eligible for transfer to Washington State or certification from another state, please see King County reciprocity requirements.

Volunteer Firefighter Programs

The Northshore Fire Department does not have a volunteer firefighter program. However, becoming a volunteer firefighter is a great way to start a career in the fire service. For information on volunteer opportunities in Washington State:

Volunteer Opportunities