Becoming one of North Charleston's Bravest

Specific requirements to becoming a North Charleston firefighter:

  • 18-years-old Valid SC driver's license
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Ability to pass a drug screening
  • High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • Pass the JRPAT (Job Related Physical Ability Test) in under 8.5 minutes

Download an employment application.

Once the application has been processed, you will receive a confirmation note from the department. When there are sufficient applicants the department will hold a JRPAT test. You will receive notice of the schedule for the test. 

About the JRPAT

The recommended Applicant Exercise Routine includes the following:

  • Jog 5 minutes 20 half-squats: Looking straight ahead, bend at the knee unit knees are at 90 degree angle. Return to start. Keep your back straight and move slowly throughout the motion.
  • Jog another 2 minutes
  • 20 push-ups Jog two minutes
  • 20 Triceps-dips: Place hands behind back onto a stable chair or bench with your legs extended in front of the body. Slowly bend at elbows until upper arms are parallel to the ground. Return to start.
  • Jog two more minutes 20 squat thrusts: Begin standing with feet parallel. Bend at knees and place hands on floor in front of body. Simultaneously hop back with feet to go into a push-up position. Perform 1 push-up. Hop back to squat position, stand. This is one rep.
  • Jog 2 minutes Repeat items 2-10
  • Jog 5 more minutes
  • Stretch

Harvest Festival and Block Party

October 25 on East Montague from 4pm until after dark, the Harvest Festival and Block Party features live musical performances, art and craft booths, costume contests and children's activities.


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