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About the Selection Process

It is important to your success as a candidate to fully understand the comprehensive nature of our selection process.

These are positions of public trust and require a thorough review of applicant qualifications, credentials and backgrounds.

  • Please note that we screen candidates throughout the process. Not all applicants will proceed through each step.

Applicant Communications

  • Please note that all of our applicant communications will be via email.
  • It is critical that you update any changes to your contact information so that we can contact you as needed.

Key Process Steps

Step 1. Job Application

Once the application period starts, candidates may apply online.

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Step 2. Written Exam

The Entry-level Firefighter Exam will measure your aptitude for skills that firefighters use on a regular basis. The test will evaluate:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Mechanical and Spatial Aptitude
  • Math
  • Ability to comprehend and learn from written instructions

The test is typically given in two formats - a paper and pencil test held on Hilton Head Island or an online exam.

The test is being offered in two formats this year.

  • Candidates may take a paper and pencil test held on Hilton Head Island
    • Entry-level Firefighter Exam — Written Format — October 1, 2022
      Stephen G. Riley Municipal Complex
      Bemjamin M. Racusin Council Chambers
      1 Town Center Court
      Hilton Head Island, 29928
  • Opt to take the exam online.
    • Entry-level Firefighter Exam Available Online September 19, 2022 - October 8, 2022

* Candidates will be notified of Exam Results by October 12, 2022.

Learn More About the Exam and Options

Step 3. Physical Ability Test

The Physical Ability Test is a series of events that simulate firefighting activities.

During this test, you will need to demonstrate that you have the stamina, strength, and agility you need to accomplish the tasks of a firefighter.

  • Firefighter Candidate Physical Ability Assessment (FCPAA) will be conducted November 5-6, 2022.
    Fire Rescue Training Center
    75 Dillon Road
    Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

It is never too early to start training!

  • Building strength and endurance is important to pass the test.
  • We recommend you take your physical fitness seriously.
  • This will not only help you to be a more prepared candidate, but to have a long, healthy career as a firefighter wherever you are employed.

Learn More About the Physical Ability Test

Step 4. Interview

Interviews are conducted on same date as the Physical Abilities Test.

Candidate Interviews will be conducted Novemberr 5-6, 2022, the same day as the FCPAA.

  • The New Firefighter Candidate Pool will be created November 7, 2022.

Step 5. Background and Driver's Record Check

In addition to passing the Physical Abilities Test, you will also have to pass a background and driver's record check.

We will give you more information about the background and driver's record check if you move forward to this stage, as these are conducted when a job opening occurs.

Step 6. Verification of Certifications

Photocopies of certifications must be provided by the applicant.

Step 7. Medical Exam and Drug Test

In addition to passing the Physical Abilities Test, you will also have to pass a medical exam and drug test which measures your physical health and ability to perform essential functions.

We will give you more information about the medical exam and drug test if you move forward to this stage, as these are conducted when a job opening occurs.

Step 8. Orientation

If you pass the background check and medical evaluation, and a job offer is extended and accepted you will go through an orientation period.

Step 9. Fire Academy

Upon completion of orientation, you will report to the SC Fire Academy for eight weeks of firefighter candidate training in Columbia, SC. Any candidate with an IFSAC or NPQ Firefighter II certificate does not need to attend the Fire Academy.

  • Not all recruits complete the Academy.
  • Our training staff is committed to making the best new firefighters and making existing firefighters better.

Learn More About the SC Fire Academy

Step 10. EMT Training

You will be enrolled in an EMT course held at a local technical college once you begin shift work.

If a candidate is already certified to EMT at the state level, testing will be required to obtain national certification. If a candidate is certified to EMT at the national level, no intervention is needed.

Firefighter Application Process Important Dates

Date Process Step
September 11 - October 5, 2021 Firefighter Online Application Available at http://www.recruitingsite.com/csbsites/HHI/careers.asp
Saturday, October 1, 2022 Entry-level Firefighter Exam - Written Format
Stephen G. Riley Municipal Complex, Hilton Head Island
September 19 - October 8, 2022 Entry-level Firefighter Exam - Online Format
By October 12, 2022 Notification to Candidate of Exam Results
Saturday & Sunday, November 5 & 6, 2022 Firefighter Candidate Physical Abilities Assessment (FCPAA)
Fire Rescue Training Center, Hilton Head Island
Saturday & Sunday, November 5 & 6, 2022 Candidate Interview will be conducted on the same day as the FCPAA
Monday, November 7, 2022 New Firefighter Candidate Pool Created

Apply Today!