The Application Process

Applications 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.

The application process for each position will involve review a complete application, all required documentation, and an interview process.  Selected candidates may progress to a background screening and physical and/or drug screen. 

There are additional steps involved with becoming a Charleston Firefighter that are outlined below. 

Our Recruitment team is here to help guide you and answer any questions you may have along the way.


Firefighter Application and Hiring Process Video

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Step 1: Filling out your Online Application

  • Visit the career portal  and search for “Firefighter Trainee”. 
  • Complete the  online application in its entirety - only online applications will be accepted. 
  • 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!