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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/
Yes. However, upon employment, all Firefighters have to move into the State of South Carolina.
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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:
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.
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.
Applicants meeting the minimum requirements and who submit a completed application may be selected to proceed in the following:
TEAS Test - Applicants must pass the TEAS test to proceed to the Physical Ability Test (PAT).
Essay Questions – Applicants will be asked to provide responses to a series of questions. Candidates will move forward based on highest to lowest evaluation scores and based on department needs.
Physical Ability Test (PAT) – PRACTICE – Optional (not required)
Physical Ability Test (PAT) – Required for those who do not possess a valid CPAT certificate or have passed the CFD administered PAT with the minimum required passing score within the 12 months preceding the application close date.
Applicants who pass the PAT will be eligible for an oral board interview
ORAL BOARD INTERVIEW - As a condition of employment. Selected candidates must successfully pass a Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), background check, pass a comprehensive medical, and psychological evaluation. Selection will be based on overall qualifications, oral board interview process, and the needs of the City.
⁂ Applicants will be selected based on the department needs for future recruit academies
You must be at least 18 years of age on or before the date of application.
Your experience as a firefighter may help in the testing process, but the Charleston Fire Department does not accept transfers. You will be required to test and if successful, you will have to go through the training as any other firefighter recruit.
Applicants may obtain preparation materials at their own expense through the exam vendor, ATI Testing, by visiting: https://www.atitesting.com/teas-prep
Yes, results from ATI must be submitted by the predetermined deadline.
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.
Yes. You will need to present photo identification, or you will not be allowed to take the exam.
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.
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.
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.
The City of Charleston does not have a maximum age limit.