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The Charleston Fire Department is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against race or gender. All candidates have to pass the same physical ability exam. Women enjoy respect in the Department because they have demonstrated their abilities in order to be hired. In training everyone is held to the same standard. During the CFD Training Academy, one of the most important things instructors look for is that recruits are giving 100%.
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Yes. Candidates must complete and pass a medical examination that includes a cardiovascular fitness component.
Yes, and you will be subject to random drug testing throughout your career.
The City of Charleston accepts applications for Firefighter Trainee on a continuous basis. However, the date of the next testing process is based on the needs of the city.
We don’t know at this time. The number of people hired varies from year to year, depending upon the number of employees retiring, the amount of employee turnover, and the number of new stations opened and the budget.