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3030 78th Avenue SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: 206.275.7607
Fax: 206.275.7970
Email: mi_fire@mercergov.. . .
Hours: 8:00am to 8:00pm, Daily
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A Residential House Fire
A Residential House Fire
The Mercer Island Fire Department is a progressive fire agency that exemplifies professionalism and service to the community. The department employs 28 firefighters in the suppression ranks, who serve a unique community with a population of roughly 23,000. The department offers many opportunities to its staff.

Salary Information:

Starting $67,804 annually.
Top Firefighter $95,638 (Includes longevity pay) annually.


  • Work Hours: Firefighters work a 48/96 hour shift schedule. Shifts are based on a 48-hour work week.(2 days ON, 4 days OFF) 
  • Uniforms: Each firefighter is provided with full uniforms and equipment.
  • Insurance: The City pays 100% of an firefighterís medical and dental premiums, and 90% of qualified family memberís premiums.
  • Vacation: Starting, 5 paid shifts per year.
  • Holiday: 5 paid shifts per year.
  • Sick Leave: Earn 20 hours per month.
  • Retirement: Firefighters are enrolled in the State Retirement Plan (Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters, Plan 2). A deferred compensation plan is also available.


  • High School diploma, GED, or equivalent.
  • AA degree or equivalent hours, at time of written test.
  • 18 years of age by the date the written exam is given (no exceptions).
  • Ability to perform the physically demanding functions of the job.
  • Ability to meet minimum medical standards after a job offer is made.
  • Ability to pass a background investigation prior to being hired.
  • Ability to work 24 OR 48 hour shifts, or a regular 40 hour work week when assigned
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to read a map.
  • Ability to deal with people in a compassionate, friendly and effective manner under stress and unpleasant conditions.
  • Ability to meet performance and regulatory standards.
  • Ability to operate equipment safely and work with basic mechanical tools.
  • A valid Washington Stateís Drivers License, or ability to obtain a license as needed.
  • Ability to meet driving record requirements.
  • US Citizen or documentation of ability to work in the United States (may vary in accordance with Civil Service rules for each jurisdiction).

Selection Process

  • Complete application materials.
  • Pass the written test.
  • Pass the physical agility test.
  • Undergo a thorough background investigation, to include a polygraph test and psychological evaluation.
  • Participate in an oral interview.
  • Undergo a medical examination, to include drug screening.


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