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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.
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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
The following documents are required:
⁂ Applications without required documents will not be accepted.
* Before applying, please read this guide in its entirety.
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.
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.
You must be at least 18 years of age on or before the date of application.
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We are thankful for your service! A five-point preference will be awarded on the TEAS 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 meet the following criteria:
For points to be awarded, above documentation must be received prior to the written examination.
We are proud to offer the following additional resources to Veterans:
Please visit www.charleston-sc.gov/JoinCFD for additional information. Please be sure to explore the information on the employment page and then submit questions for clarification to our recruitment team at CFDrecruitment@charleston-sc.gov..
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.
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. Still unsure? Email our recruitment team at CFDrecruitment@charleston-sc.gov..
Yes. You will need to present photo identification, or you will not be allowed to take the exam.
Yes, results from ATI must be submitted by the predetermined deadline.
Applicants may obtain preparation materials at their own expense through the exam vendor, ATI Testing, by visiting: https://www.atitesting.com/teas-prep
Hard copy of your exam notice and documentation is required. Per ATI’s policy, phones are not permitted on the testing site therefore a digital copy is not acceptable.