Volunteer Recruitment

VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER

The following compliance and training requirements will be provided to the volunteer candidate:

Compliance:

· Annual Job Related Agility Test (JRAT)

· Annual National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1582 Physical

· Annual Respiratory Fit Testing

Initial Online Training:

National Incident Management System (NIMS)

South Carolina Fire Academy (SCFA)

Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)

Initial Recruit Academy Training:

International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC)

· SCFA Hazmat Awareness

· CPR

· Emergency Medical Responder

· SCFA Hazmat Operations

· IFSAC Firefighter 1

· SCFA Wildland Firefighter

· SCFA Vehicle Extrication

· SCFA Rescuing the Rescuer

· SCFA Rapid Intervention Team

· NIMS ICS for the Fire Service

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES VOLUNTEER

The following compliance and training requirements will be provided to the volunteer candidate:

Compliance:

· Annual Job Related Agility Test (JRAT)

· Annual Department EMS Physical

· Annual Respiratory Fit Testing

Initial Online Training:

National Incident Management System (NIMS)

South Carolina Fire Academy (SCFA)

Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)

Initial EMS Recruit Training:

· CPR

· SCFA Hazmat Awareness

· National Registry EMT/Paramedic Training

· Emergency Vehicle Driver Training (EVDT)

· NIMS ICS for the Fire Service

VOLUNTEER DRIVER OPERATOR

(Previous certifications & experience required)

The following compliance and training requirements will be provided to the volunteer candidate:

Compliance:

· Annual Job Related Agility Test (JRAT)

· Annual Department Driver Operator Physical

· Annual Respiratory Fit Testing

Initial Online Training:

National Incident Management System (NIMS)

South Carolina Fire Academy (SCFA)

Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)

Initial Driver Operator Recruit Training:

· CPR

· Emergency Medical Responder

· SCFA Hazmat Awareness

· SCFA Hazmat Ops

· SCFA Emergency Vehicle Driver Training (EVDT)

· SCFA Pumps I

· SCFA Pumps II

· NIMS ICS for the Fire Service

Why Volunteer?

· Have you ever thought about reducing the risk to your community?

· Have you ever heard a siren or saw a fire engine – and wondered what was happening?

· Have you ever witnessed or come upon an emergency incident – and wished you could help?

· Have you been there when someone was stricken with sudden illness – and wanted to assist?

· Are you looking for new lifelong friendships, challenges and rewards?

· Do you want to become involved in your community?

Did You Know?

Did you know that 71% of South Carolina’s fire service is made up volunteer firefighters? Horry County Fire-Rescue-EMS is one of the largest Fire Rescue agencies in the State of South Carolina. There are approximately 300 volunteer members with Horry County Fire-Rescue-EMS – and you can join our family! Our 40 station department has immediate openings for Volunteer Firefighters, Emergency Medical Services Volunteers, and Volunteer Driver Operators.

Compensation

Horry County Fire Rescue (HCFR) offers a voluntary compensation program for those individuals that become certified interior Firefighters and/or Driver Operators. The Pay-Per-Call system works by compensating these certified individuals by offering $15.00 for every call they respond to with their station apparatus.

Benefits

Benefits provided by HCFR

· Provident voluntary insurance

· Uniforms

· Turnout gear

· Cost of South Carolina Fire Academy training

· Annual physical

· South Carolina Firefighters’ Association Life Insurance

Benefits provided by the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association (SCSFA)

· $1,600 natural death benefit

· $3,200 accidental death benefit

· $25,000 line of duty death benefit

· $10,000 dependent child death benefit

Retirement System

· SCSFA operates a retirement account for all career and volunteer members

· Retirement funds are paid through one-percent funds

Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP)

· $3,000 tax deduction on state income taxes

· Performance based, utilizing a point system

· Based on call volume, training, and meeting attendance

Equivalency / Reciprocity

The South Carolina Fire Academy (SCFA) offers evaluation of previous certifications and training from other accredited state or training entities. It is the policy of the SCFA to offer reciprocity or equivalency for occupational level certifications issued by proper agencies. Horry County Fire Rescue utilizes the SCFA as the credentialing agency.


Horry County Fire Rescue is one of the largest Fire Rescue departments in the state of South Carolina, and as the demand for our services increase the need for volunteers to compliment our excellent staff also increases. We offer multiple ways you can serve our department and your community; you can serve in the Volunteer Firefighter, Volunteer Driver Operator, or Emergency Medical Services Volunteer.

So if you are at least 18 years old or older, interested, and looking for a challenge, Horry County Fire Rescue is the place for you.

Just click the link below to start your volunteering process:

HCFR Volunteer Application for people that are ages 18 and older

Once you have submitted your application, a recruiter from our department will be in contact with you. Until then, if you have any questions about becoming a Volunteer Member of our department, please feel free to contact:

Lt. Julius Graham, Volunteer Coordinator
843-915-5190 or email hcfrrecruiter@horrycounty.org