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Frequently Asked Questions

Openings will occur throughout the life of the two year hiring pool.

As openings occur candidates are further screened and offered employment based on the needs of the organization.

No, you don't have to be 18 to apply but you must be at least 18 at the time of hire.

No, you may apply prior to receiving your high school diploma or G.E.D. but you must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. at the time of hire.

No, all applicants must take the physical abilities assessment held on Hilton Head Island.

Dates will be provided once you have received confirmation you have passed the written exam.

Yes, but offers for employment are based on the needs of the department.

A blend of experienced and inexperienced applicants may be offered employment at any time throughout the life of the hiring pool.

The process requires the submission of the application by the posted deadline, passing an online test, successful completion of a physical ability test, an oral interview, a background check, physical examination and drug test.

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The oral interview will be conducted the same day as the physical abilities assessment.

You will be given a time for the interview once you have successfully completed the physical abilities assessment.

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No, all candidates who successfully complete all portions of the process are included in the hiring pool and are eligible for employment.

Yes, practice sessions are available.

The physical abilities assessment document provides tips on how to prepare for each portion of the assessment.

No, all cost related to the application process or relocation are the responsibility of the candidate.

Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue provides Advance Life Support transport - emergency medical services (EMS), for incidents occurring within the Town limits.

Basic EMT certification is the minimum EMS certification required and approximately 50 of our members are trained to the paramedic (EMT-P) level certification.

Our emergency medical incidents each year account for roughly 75 percent of our emergency call total.

Once hired, you will go through an orientation period. You will then report to the South Carolina Fire Academy for eight weeks of firefighter candidate training in Columbia, SC.

  • Fire Rescue will provide you a spot in the Fire Academy and EMT school.
  • Class is held five days week and candidates return to Hilton Head on the weekends.
  • All cost associated with the training is provided by Fire Rescue. You will also be compensated while you are conducting the training.

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