Firefighter/EMT (Basic or Paramedic)
Town of Hilton Head Island, SC - Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Nov 8, 2021

Application Deadline:
Dec 8, 2021

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$Firefighter/EMT $44,700 - $69,285. Firefighter/Paramedic $50,958 - $78,984 (with current National Paramedic Registry Cert.) annual

Job Description

Firefighter/EMTs and Firefighter/Paramedics perform a wide variety of firefighting, emergency response, public education, and related duties. The department responds to approximately 7500 incidents a year, with approximately 5000 being EMS related responses.  Operating out of 7 fire stations in a 24 on and 48 hours off three shift system, Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue is dedicated to serving the community with outstanding customer service and timely emergency response services.


· Responds to fire, emergency medical, and other emergency situations and carries out fire firefighting activities and other duties working as a member of a team;

· Assumes a designated position on an assigned apparatus and follows instructions;

· Participates in the preparation of pre-fire plans for occupancies in the Town;

· Administers aid in accordance with EMS protocols consistent with EMT certification level;

· May performs as a Relief Operator on a temporary basis;

· May serve as a member of the Special Operations Teams;

· Participates in all required training activities to enhance and maintain skills and certifications; attends non-required training to support professional development;

· Completes all required reports in a timely and professional manner;

· Participates in daily apparatus inspections and maintenance activities to ensure that all equipment is in working order, ensuring that serious maintenance problems are identified and referred for service;

· Performs physical fitness training to maintain physical abilities necessary for firefighting and other emergency response situations;

· Performs building and ground maintenance activities to ensure that facilities are maintained in a clean and safe environment;

· Recognizes, preserves, and protects evidence relating to fire cause and points of fire origin;

· Studies training materials to stay current on new technologies and processes in firefighting, EMS, rescue, hazardous materials, fire prevention and other related activities;

Demonstrates knowledge of Town and department rules, policies, procedures, SOG’s, EMS protocols, etc.;

· Participates in hydrant inspections and other maintenance activities as directed;

· Communicates fire prevention and fire safety information to the public as requested;

· Provides training and mentoring on how to perform certain work tasks to new employees in the same or similar class of positions.

Additional Information

Benefits include health, dental, vision and life insurance, short and long term disability, vacation and sick leave, tuition reimbursement, a healthcare reimbursement arrangement and membership in the SC Police Officers Retirement System.

Sign-on bonuses will be paid to certified Firefighters ($1000), EMTs ($1500) and Paramedics ($5000) whose credentials are transferable or have reciprocity (do not require additional education or training to become credentialed in South Carolina).

Job Requirements

  • Age: Must be 18 years of age at time of hire.
  • Education: HIgh School Diploma or GED
  • Experience: No prior experience required.

Minimum qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED; and  
  • Must be 18 years of age at time of hire; and
  • Must be in good physical health as determined by a medical examination; and
  • Valid Driver's License.

Additional qualifications that may be obtained after hire (not required at time of hire):

  • Valid Class E Driver’s License within one (1) year of hire; and
  • SC Emergency Medical Technician Basic Level Certification and National Registry of EMT's Emergency Medical Technician-B card; and
  • IFSAC or Proboard Firefighter I & II and Haz Mat Operations Certifications.

Contact Information

Marcie Patton

Town of Hilton Head Island, SC
One Town Center Ct
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29928
phone: 843-341-4621

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