Applications are only accepted when the position is advertised on the City's 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.
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!
Candidates will be contacted regarding their final status and if they were selected for employment. Once a candidate accepts a contingent job offer their seat is reserved in the recruit school. Please note that failure to acknowledge this offer forfeits your seat, so ensure you are monitoring for or any correspondence from the CFD hiring team.
It is important to understand that not all candidates will be selected or may fail one of the testing portions of this process. We know this can be very disheartening and frustrating and hope that you keep the following things in mind:
This process is very competitive.
Think of each hiring cycle as a blank slate and a brand new opportunity for you to join our Fire Department.
Our recruitment team is always here to help you with any phase of the hiring process.
We wish you the best of luck and look forward to seeing you!