The Bainbridge Island Fire Department routinely tests for the position of Entry-Level Firefighter/EMT throughout each year.  The qualifications for the position of Entry-Level Firefighter/EMT can be found hereSuccessful Completion of the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is required within the last six months.  (BIFD does not conduct the CPAT. Third-party options such as Public Safety Testing or National Testing Network are available.)

Testing processes generally consist of:

  • An application submittal
  • An online written examination
  • An in-person assessment center
  • Chiefs’ Interviews for top-performing candidates (when openings are available)

The following reference materials are currently used for the FF/EMT testing process:

  • IFSTA Essentials of Firefighting, 7th edition
  • Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured, AAOS 12th edition
  • BIFD-specific information. All information found at bifd.org.

Applications are submitted directly to BIFD using  or through Public Safety Testing during open application periods.

Specific application procedures and testing dates will be posted as open application periods and testing processes are scheduled.  Please check our website and Facebook page regularly for updates. 

Successful candidates can expect several pre-employment conditions including:

  • Background Investigation
  • NFPA-compliant Medical Examination
  • Suitability Profile Examination
  • Successful Completion of the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

Questions about BIFD’s hiring process can be directed to .


View current employment opportunities HERE