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Why Choose Us?

Fire & Rescue LogoThe Town of Hilton Head Island Fire and Rescue is the right place to start or continue your career as a Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician.

Hilton Head Island is the largest Atlantic coast barrier Island between Long Island and the Bahamas. It is comprised of 34.16 square miles or 22,000 acres of semi-tropical Lowcountry geography, including unspoiled sea marshes, creeks, lagoons, heavily wooded forests of tall pine trees, palmettos, live oaks, and 12 miles of broad Atlantic Beach. The Town of Hilton Head Island Fire and Rescue protects this beautiful island and its residents and visitors.

Photo of Fire TruckThe Town of Hilton Head Island Fire and Rescue is a traditional organization with a non-traditional approach to providing fire protection, emergency medical services (EMS) and other emergency services. Our Fire and Rescue operates a 24 on and 48 hours off three shift system to provide 24/7 protection to the community. Each shift has a minimum staffing level of twenty-nine (29) personnel on duty. There are 7 fire stations, each with an engine (two are quints) and an Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance, one truck company, and one Battalion Chief. An additional engine company is staffed to cover companies that relocate to our training center during the week. This engine company works four-ten hour days and is staffed with 3-personnel. Our Fire and Rescue also manages an Enhanced-911 communications center that is responsible for call taking and dispatching our apparatus.

The department responds to a wide variety of incidents each year, with over 4000 being medical related responses. To meet this need, we require all personnel to be trained to a minimum level of Basic Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Currently, approximately 45 of our firefighters are trained to the Paramedic level.

Since a majority of the calls we respond to are EMS in nature, we have instituted an innovative approach to dealing with these medical emergencies. In the event of a medical call, the Engine Company will jump off the engine and respond in the ambulance (hence the phrase jump truck). Depending on the severity of the call, an additional ALS unit or engine company will respond with other dispatched apparatus. This decreases our response times and increases our efficiency.

Photo of Hazmat TeamMany of our employees are also members of either a Regional Hazard Materials Team or Regional Urban Search and Rescue Team. These teams are managed by our organization in partnership with our neighboring departments.

We encourage the hiring and development of a high functioning diverse workforce to meet the needs of our citizens and visitors. We can offer a meaningful career, competitive salary and benefits and an abundance of learning and promotional opportunities to the right men and women who wish to proudly serve the Hilton Head Island community.