Firefighter Trainee - No Experience

** Process is currently closed **

The Charleston Fire Department periodically hires for the position of firefighter trainee, an entry-level fire suppression, prevention, and emergency response position. We are a growing organization seeking candidates who have a desire to serve our community with honor, pride and integrity. 


Selected candidates will be offered fulltime employment and a seat in a 26 week recruit academy.  Upon successful completion of the required recruit academy, personnel will progress to probationary firefighter status and have the opportunity to protect life and property by controlling and extinguishing fires and responding to a variety of emergency incidents.  We are a state licensed medical first responder agency, providing basic life support service to injured and sick persons.


Our members continually seek improvement through training while promoting a safer Charleston through community life safety education programs, pre-incident planning, and a variety of risk reduction strategies.

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Please review the information below and the links on the left to learn more about the position.  Additional questions may be emailed to our recruitment team.

REMINDER: You MUST submit the following REQUIRED documents with your application!

  • Completed Essay answering all 5 Categories (listed below this section)
  • A copy of your high school diploma or equivalent
  • OR transcript showing your highest degree earned
  • A valid copy of state issued driver’s license
  • If prior military, a copy of your DD214 (copy 4)