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The Charleston Fire Department may offer a standard or a fast-track recruit program, both require a similar application and interview process. The fast-track program requires certain certifications in order to participate in an accelerated recruit academy.
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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.
Only online applications will be accepted. Applications may submitted through the employment portal: www.charleston-sc.gov/employment
Visit www.charleston-sc.gov/JoinCFD to learn more.
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.
Yes. However, upon employment, all Firefighters have to move into the State of South Carolina.
You must be at least 18 years of age on or before the date of application.
We are thankful for your service! A five-point preference will be awarded on the written test for honorably discharged veterans or service members currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. To qualify for the veteran’s preference points, applicants must:
For points to be awarded, above documentation must be received prior to the written examination.
Please visit www.charleston-sc.gov/JoinCFD and explore information regarding our hiring process.
The City of Charleston does not have a maximum age limit.
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.
Criminal history and convictions will be considered during the application process. 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.
It is not possible to list every act or omission that may disqualify an individual from performing the safety sensitive duties of this position. The following are some of the more obvious: Criminal History
Note: This is not meant to be an exhaustive listing of background disqualifiers. Applicants who are successful in the initial testing will undergo a thorough background investigation. Areas of concern will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis within the context of the full review. Examples of the areas of concern may include but are not limited to the following:
Those with a valid EMT or Paramedic certification must obtain South Carolina reciprocity by their reporting date/first day of the Academy. Visit the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control website for more information: https://www.scemsportal.org/
Carefully review the application packet to determine what specific certifications may be required or will be accepted.
Yes. You will need to present photo identification, or you will not be allowed to take the exam.
Specific date(s) and time(s) will be offered during each process. At this time, we do not offer alternate test times.