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

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