Career Opportunities

The Irmo Fire District is currently taking applications to build our 2017 hiring list. The application period closes on April 7th at 5pm. Click on the links below for career information and to download an application.

Application Download Link: Employment Application 2017

IFD Career Info can be seen below.
To download the Career Info packet, click on the link:

Includes new pay scale information starting July 1, 2017

Career Information Brochure 2017-July


Full Time Firefighter – This position is a full time career staff member, who is paid an hourly rate on a consistent full time work schedule and receives full benefits.

Minimum Requirements:

1. Must be 18 years of age or older.

2. Possess a valid driver’s license.

3. Possess a High School Diploma or GED Certificate.

4. Must pass a criminal background and driver's license record check.

5. Must be able to complete medical, physical and written assessments.

6. S.C. Fire Academy 1153 Firefighter I Certification or NFPA Firefighter I certification that is eligible for equivalency or reciprocity by the S.C. Fire Academy.

7. Current First Aid, CPR and AED Certification or higher level certification.

The Application Process:

1st Step – Application Package Review

During this step, the application package is reviewed for assurance of an applicant completing the application package in its entirety and meeting of the position’s minimum requirements.

2nd Step – Written Testing of General Firefighter Knowledge

During this step, applicants are scheduled for completion of the department’s firefighter applicant written test.

3rd Step - Climbing the aerial on either Ladder 175 or Tower 17.

4th Step – Physical Agility Testing

During this step, applicants are scheduled for completion of the department’s physical agility test. This test evaluates the applicant’s abilities to physically perform functions commonly required of a firefighter when performing operational firefighting and rescue duties.

5th Step – Peer Panel Interview

During this step, applicants are scheduled for an oral interview that is conducted by a panel of department personnel who are of varying ranks and positions. The peer panel interview evaluates each candidate, in effort to gain a more complete idea of the candidate’s mature and professional fit for a firefighter position with the Irmo Fire District.

6th Step – Background Investigation

Due to the position of an Irmo Firefighter being one of public trust, a background investigation is conducted during this step of the application process. During the background investigation, the applicant’s employment, driving and criminal histories are reviewed, personal and professional references are contacted and any other items that the department deems necessary to be investigated to ensure the applicant possess the moral, ethical and integral character traits expected of an Irmo Firefighter.

7th Step – Fire Chief’s Interview

During this step, applicants meet with the department’s Fire Chief and Assistant Chief for an informal interview regarding potential employment with the Irmo Fire District.

Firefighter Career Development Program and Salaries:

The Irmo Fire District has in place, a firefighter career development program that is comprised of 5 key progression steps. These 5 steps incorporate pay step increases for our firefighter ranked personnel during their first three years of employment and are based upon years of service, satisfactory workplace performance reviews and their obtaining of select professional certifications through the S.C. Fire Academy.

Current salaries as of 07/01/2018 are as listed below:

Probationary Firefighter – $10.53 Hourly / $31,737.42 Annually (Starting Salary)

Firefighter I – 5% Salary Increase After Completion of Training Requirements. ($11.05 Hourly / $33,304.70)

Firefighter II - 5% Salary Increase After Completion of Training Requirements. ($11.60 Hourly / $34,962.40)

Technician - 7% Salary Increase After Completion of Training Requirements. ($12.41 Hourly / $37,403.74)

Senior Firefighter - 3% Salary Increase After Completion of Training Requirements.

What To Expect If Hired and During the 1st Year of Employment:

All newly hired candidates must successfully complete an initial 2 week recruit firefighter orientation training program. This course is designed to sharpen the department’s newly hired firefighter’s professional knowledge, skills and abilities as well as orient the recruit firefighter with the Irmo Fire District’s operational procedures prior to their assignment in the field.

Upon completion of the recruit firefighter orientation training program, newly hired firefighters become Probationary Firefighters and receive assignment to a shift and station. All newly hired firefighters must satisfactorily complete 1 year of service as a Probationary Firefighter prior to being eligible for advancement in the department’s firefighter career development program.

During this probationary period of time, all newly hired firefighters are continuously evaluated on their ability to effectively apply their knowledge, skills and abilities as a professional firefighter in the field. Also during this period of time, all probationary firefighters must complete the department’s Probationary Firefighter Competency Training Program, which requires probationary firefighters to independently demonstrate proficiency in performing firefighting related task in a training environment, at bench mark periods throughout their probationary year period.