City of Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, Washington, Whidbey Island's Premier Waterfront Community

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865 SE Barrington Drive
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Phone: 360-279-4500
Fax: 360-279-4507

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Employment with Oak Harbor Fire


We keep our community strong by staffing our department with employees committed to delivering the highest possible level of service to the citizens of Oak Harbor. 

When available, Career firefighter positions are listed with National Testing Network, Inc. Fill out an application and schedule a test at select "Fire" and sign up for Oak Harbor Fire Department. 
What to expect at the National Testing Network website:
  • Initial application process (Personal History Questionaire) 
  • Information related to the City of Oak Harbor position, including minimum requirements, salary and benefits.
  • Detailed information about the testing process for both the entry level test and CPAT testing.
  • 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.
Upon completion of the entry level exam and CPAT testing, all candidate scores are automatically forwarded to the Oak Harbor Civil Service Commission.  Candidates who attain a passing score on both the entry level exam and the physical abilities test will be placed on the Commission’s eligibility list.  When a position becomes available, the Oak Harbor Civil Service Commission will contact candidates on the list and will invite them to continue to participate in other stages of the selection process.
National Testing Network is a service provided to conduct entry level testing and CPAT testing in a standardized, professional environment. National Testing Network does not replace the Oak Harbor Fire Department’s responsibility and decision making in the testing process.  All candidate results are provided to Oak Harbor Civil Service Commission, where the final decisions are made.

Entry-Level Paid-On-Call firefighter positions are listed by the City of Oak Harbor Human Resources Department and filled through an annual open-recruiting period. No firefighting experience is necessary; candidates are sponsored through a firefighter training academy to obtain IFSAC Firefighter 1 certification.

Lateral-Entry Paid-On-Call firefighter applications are accepted during periodic lateral application openings (as needed). If you are interested in testing for an OHFD lateral paid-on-call firefighter position, please contact our training officer. Lateral-Entry applicants must meet basic minimum requirements and be IFSAC Firefighter I certified. 

Volunteer positions. There is one volunteer chaplain position at Oak Harbor Fire.

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