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Saturday, 02 February 2008



ENTRY LEVEL Ė Rookie Firefighter

DEFINITION: Under general supervision employees perform the tasks of fire suppression, daily vehicle and equipment checks, station maintenance and providing medical first responder care. Employees also attend training sessions, conduct fire inspections, pre-fire plans, fire safety education, hydrant and hose testing as well as other duties assigned by the shift officers.




18 Years of Age (at time of application)

High School Diploma or equivalent

Valid South Carolina Driverís License (must obtain CDL-B within 6 months)

NFPA Firefighter 1

Haz-Mat Operations

Flammable Liquids/Gas Firefighting


First Aid

DOT Medical First Responder preferred (must obtain within 6 months)








All potential candidates must first start by completing a South Greenville Fire Department application. Applications can be filled out at SGFD Headquarters.  You may also download an application at the link below and fill it out, print, and mail to:

South Greenville Fire District

8305 Augusta Rd.

Pelzer, SC 29669

SGFD Employment Application

Note: You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you may download it here.


All candidates must complete the National Firefighter Selection Test.


The South Greenville Fire Department Firefighter Agility Test is designed to allow applicants to demonstrate they have the physical abilities to successfully conduct firefighting tasks at an emergency scene. The candidates will proceed through a 1.5 mile run, pushups, and sit-ups.   


CAUTION: Applicants should consult their physician before starting any training program and before participating in the agility test. South Greenville Fire Department does not accept liability for physical or medical conditions experienced by applicants as a result of the agility test. Each applicant must sign a statement accepting personal liability for such conditions before being permitted to participate in the agility test.




All applicants are subject to a complete background investigation including, but not limited to, a review of available educational, court, driving, medical, and employment records. 




Applicants who successfully complete the written and agility test and whose background and driverís license checks are acceptable will be scheduled for an oral interview. The board will score the candidate based on their interview and that will be added to the written and agility test to form a cumulative score.  That cumulative score will be used to rank prospective employees by number.  Each candidate will be notified by mail of their position.  This list will be used to fill firefighter positions as they become available.



As positions are available and hiring is imminent, applicants who have been selected to continue in the process will be scheduled for a drug screen and pre-employment physical.  Employment as a firefighter is contingent upon successful results of a thorough medical examination and drug screen. 




The starting salary of a Rookie Firefighter is $24,000.00.  Firefighter I salary is $25,500.


Shift work consists of 24 hours on duty and 48 hours off duty. Fire Department employees work on a 28-day cycle and report overtime, leave taken, etc. at the end of this cycle



All new employees will receive Paid Time Off at a rate of 12.15 hours per month.



The coverage includes various health plans to choose from as well as optional dental insurance if desired.



Retirement benefits are provided through South Carolina State Police Retirement. Employees may retire after 25 years in the system. www.retirement.sc.gov

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