Employment Opportunity

Choosing fire and emergency services as a career can prove to be one of the most interesting and personally satisfying choices you can make. In this ever-changing, complex world, firefighting and emergency medical services is not just another job. It is an employment opportunity that offers a challenging, demanding, exciting and rewarding career for men and women.

Want to be a firefighter?

Minimum requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • Stay in school. You need a high school diploma or GED.
  • Watch your driving. You need a valid driver’s license.
  • Stay out of the trouble. HCFR wants a clean criminal record (automatic disqualifiers include admission and/or conviction of a felony offense or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude).
  • Say no to illegal drugs. Automatic disqualifiers include illegal drug use within 12 months and/or a pattern of illegal drug use.
  • Be healthy. Firefighter/EMS personnel must meet specific medical requirements to prove they have the agility and strength to do prolonged and arduous work under adverse conditions.

Horry County Fire Rescue is a diverse, vibrant and progressive department that includes 40 stations and more than 550 personnel who come from various backgrounds.

New ideas, technology, equipment and training are driving the Department to constantly improve the high level of service we provide to ensure the safety and well-being of the citizens and visitors of Horry County.

Horry County Fire Rescue is committed to finding a diverse group of men and women who are ready, willing and able to respond to the needs of the community. We are looking for people who are driven, motivated and dedicated to public service.

If you’re looking for a demanding, rewarding and exciting career that will provide you with significant personal satisfaction through helping others,
please fill out an application with the Horry County Human Resource Department.  HCFR only accepts applications online when the job advertisement is posted.

To apply as a volunteer please visit our Volunteer Recruitment page.

Once your application is received, you will be contacted by email to proceed through the testing process.



The testing process will consist of the following portions:

• A 100-question, general knowledge written exam. Candidates must obtain a 70% to advance. This test is similar to civil service exams

• Candidates passing the written will then advance to the New Hire Job-Related Agility Test (Shorts are not permitted during agility testing)

• Panel interviews will be scheduled after completion of the testing process.

• Human Resources will submit an applicant’s information to a third party evaluator to conduct the criminal background check.

• Candidates passing all testing requirements will take a pre-employment medical physical and drug screen. HCFR follows the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1582 medical guidelines.

• Upon the completion of this process, an eligibility list will be forwarded to the Fire Chief for final selection.