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The Charleston Fire Department recruits for Firefighter approximately once per year. This varies depending on hiring needs. The only means of applying is online. To apply, go to the Employment page and search for Firefighter Trainee.
Following the recruitment period, candidates will be invited to take the written exam study guides will be available for download from the exam vendor. We do not distribute hard copies.
No. All applicants will be administered the written exam on a predetermined exam date.
Your written exam notice, either in hard copy or saved on your phone. Do not bring:
Backpacks are not allowed; please do not bring them with you as we will not have a place to store them during the exam.
The passing score is determined by the average score achieved by the applicants taking the test.
Yes. However, upon employment, all Firefighters have to move into the State of South Carolina.
Your experience as a firefighter may help in the testing process, but the Charleston Fire Department does not accept transfers. You will be required to test and if successful, you will have to go through the training as any other firefighter recruit.
You must be at least 18 years of age on or before the date of application.
The City of Charleston does not have a maximum age limit.
Yes. However, if you are a non-citizen, you must have acceptable documentation that you are a legal resident of the United States. The documentation must be presented when a job offer is made.
No. You will have to present two (2) forms of identification at the time of hire (usually a driver’s license & social security card).
Yes. You will have to upload a copy at the time of application to obtain your Veteran Preference Points.
All firefighter trainees go through a background screening process before being hired. Criminal history and convictions will be reviewed prior to a final job offer. Sworn public safety positions require closer scrutiny by hiring authorities during the background screening process. Disclosure of all criminal history is required for the background screening process.
Yes. You will need to present photo identification, or you will not be allowed to take the exam.
Written exam results will be emailed four to six weeks after the exam. Your final notice will include your written exam score. Those who receive a passing score will be placed on an eligibility list for Firefighter Trainee by the City of Charleston Human Resources Department. The Charleston Fire Department will then use this list to invite candidates for oral board interviews.
Yes. You must contact the Department of Health Services in the state you obtained your certification to determine if your certification can be transferred. Not all state EMT or Paramedic certifications are eligible to transfer.