The Application Process

Applications for the position of Firefighter Trainee are only accepted when the position is advertised on the City'sFirefighter carrying hose employment page.  Please visit "Notify Me"  if you would like to sign-up for employment notifications.

There are many steps involved with becoming a Charleston Firefighter, but don’t let that deter you! Our Recruitment team is here to help guide you and answer any questions you may have along the way.  Please review the steps below for a general overview of the hiring process:

  1. Step 1
  2. Step 2
  3. Step 3
  4. Step 4
  5. Step 5

Step 1: Filling out your Online Application

  • Visit the career portal  and search for “Firefighter Trainee”. Complete an online application in its entirety.  
  • Your application will have some basic components that include:  
    • Demographics (name, address etc) 
    • Work History 
    • Education/Certifications (if applicable) 
    • Questionnaire and Short Answer Section 
    • Documentation Upload 
  • You MUST submit ALL documentation through the online application.  Recruiters and HR Staff cannot accept documentation (driver’s license, high school diploma, etc.) through any other method.  
  • The Charleston Fire Department DOES NOT host applications on ANY other platform.  This means if you find us through Indeed, Monster, or any other job hunting website, you MUST complete and submit your application through the Charleston application portal. 
  • Our career portal may have conflicts with some mobile operating systems (smart phones).  We recommend completing the application with a computer and utilizing Google Chrome.   
  • After the application period closes, and all applications have been reviewed for completeness, we will contact you and advise if you will continue to the next phase of the hiring process – ensure you’re checking your email REGULARLY! This includes your spam folder!