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Why Choose Us?

Fire & Rescue LogoHilton Head Island Fire 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.

Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue provides fire suppression, ALS transport - emergency medical services (EMS), hazardous materials and technical rescue services to the community. The department responds to approximately 7500 incidents a year, with approximately 5000 being EMS related responses. To meet this service requirement, all personnel are trained to a minimum level of Basic Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and approximately 50 personnel are trained to the paramedic (EMT-P) level certification.

Photo of Fire TruckThe department operates a 24 on and 48 hours off three shift system with a minimum staffing level of twenty-nine (29) personnel on duty each day. In addition, a 3-person day crew operates on a 10 hours/day, 4 days/week schedule to support normal staffing during the daytime hours and to cover companies that relocate to our training center. We operate out of 7 fire stations, each with an engine or quint and an Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance. A Truck Company and one Battalion Chief fill out the apparatus assignments at the fire stations.

Since a majority of the calls we respond to are EMS in nature, we have instituted a cross-staffing approach to handle the EMS call volume. In the event of a medical call, specific engine company personnel will respond in the ambulance assigned to that station. This decreases our response times and increases our service efficiency.

Photo of Hazmat TeamOur department participates in a partnership with a neighboring department in the staffing and management of a Regional Hazard Materials Team and a Regional Urban Search and Rescue Team. We also manage our own Enhanced-911 communications center, maintenance facility, public safety systems (IT) and provide Emergency Management for the Town. The Support Services Division, Bureau of Fire Prevention and the Safety and Professional Development are also divisions within Fire Rescue.

Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue is dedicated to serving the community with outstanding customer service and timely emergency response services. 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.