Applications for the position of Firefighter Trainee 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.
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:
Step 1: Filling out your Online Application
Step 2: Written Aptitude Test
Step 3: Physical Ability Test (PAT)
Step 4: Interview Panel
Step 5: Completion and Potential Offer
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:
We wish you the best of luck and look forward to seeing you!