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 several 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:
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!
The Physical Ability Test (PAT) is a physical examination the Charleston Fire Department utilizes to assess a candidate’s physical fitness.
Candidates who possess a valid CPAT certificate, or have passed the CFD administered PAT with the minimum required passing score, within the past 12 months are not required to re-take the Physical Ability Test.
We do our best to schedule a practice date where candidates may come to our training grounds and practice any or all of the testing stations.
You must complete the PAT in 12:01 (twelve minutes and one second) or less.
Candidates are given their score and whether they passed or failed immediately after completing the PAT.
Candidates with a passing PAT score will be notified of an interview date and time.
Please follow the link on the side of this page for more information on the PAT.
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!