Deadline: March 1, 2019
Salary: $36,174.22 Annually
This is an Open Continuous Application for the position of Firefighter Trainee. Applications received by 5pm on March 01, 2019 will be considered for Recruit Class 1902, which is tentatively scheduled for August of 2019. Applications received after the date listed will be considered for future recruit classes based on department needs.
The Firefighter Trainee is an entry-level fire suppression, prevention, and emergency response position for the Charleston Fire Department (CFD). Upon successful completion of the required recruit academy, personnel will progress into the position of a probationary firefighter.
The recruit academy is focused on training and preparing the candidate to meet specific standards of the CFD. The program includes classroom instruction and hands on training in firefighter techniques, search and rescue, vehicle extrication, emergency medical services, firefighter survival, and the use of various firefighting tools and equipment. The candidate will work an 8-hour shift (overtime, nights, and weekends may be required) and upon completion will move to a 24 on, 48 off standard firefighter shift schedule.
Physical Tasks and Environmental Conditions:
The CFD recruit academy program uses Peer Fitness and Practical Skill fitness training. Our Peer Fitness Instructors are certified ACE trainers. The Peer Fitness and Practical Skill methodology has shown it is effective in increasing the work capacity of military personnel, police officers, and firefighters.
Candidates must be able to climb ladders and stairs and work at considerable heights; lift, carry, drag, pull and push very heavy weights; perform work in physically demanding and adverse conditions including heat, smoke, fire, high temperatures, humidity and cramped spaces (exposure to allergenic and potentially harmful substances and dust exist).
- 18 years of age or older at time of application
- High school diploma or equivalent received by time of contingent offer
- Valid state issued driver’s license
- Pass the CFD administered Physical Ability Test (PAT) or possess a Candidate
Physical Agilities Test (CPAT) with a date of passing within the past 24 months.
⁂ See “Immediate Disqualifiers” for a listing of concerns which may deem an applicant unable to continue in the process.
- High School Diploma or equivalent and/or College Degree received by time of contingent offer
- Certified driving record from each state you have held a driver’s license (10-years total) (if applicable)
- Military discharge – DD214 (if applicable)
- EMT/Paramedic certification (if applicable)
- Current CPAT certification (if applicable)
⁂ Applications without required documents will not be accepted.
Apply online at www.charleston-sc.gov/employment
• Only online applications will 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:
1. WRITTEN TEST
Applicants must pass the written test to proceed to the Physical Ability Test (PAT)
- Physical Ability Test (PAT) – PRACTICE – Optional (not required)
- Physical Ability Test (PAT) – Required for those who do not possess a CPAT
certificate or have passed the CFD administered PAT with the minimum required passing score within the past 24 months.
Applicants who pass the PAT will be eligible for an oral board interview
4. ORAL BOARD INTERVIEW – Candidates who successfully pass the written test
and PAT will be placed on an active list for 12 months and contacted if and when a future oral board is scheduled. Candidates will move forward based on highest to lowest written test score and based on department needs.
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
VETERANS – We are thankful for your service!
Preference Points : A five-point preference will be awarded on the written exam for honorably discharged veterans or service members currently serving in the UnitedStates Armed Forces. To qualify for the veteran’s preference points, applicants mustmeet the following criteria:
For points to be awarded, above documentation must be received prior to written examination.
How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.