Colleton County Fire-Rescue

Employment at Colleton County Fire-Rescue (CCFR)

Colleton County Fire-Rescue is an all-hazards, full-service department.  It doesn't matter to which unit you are assigned, our team responds to and mitigates many types of incidents.  An employee assigned to an engine could find themselves first on scene to a cardiac arrest and an employee assigned to a medic unit may find themselves first on scene to a structure fire and serve as part of the interior attack crew.  An employee assigned to an engine could assist the medic crew with transporting a critical patient.  Three medic units may respond to a tractor-trailer fire without any injuries to provide additional staffing to support suppression efforts.  Whether it is a hypoglycemia, confined space rescue, house fire, or hazardous materials release, our department is equipped with the most modern tools available in today's fire and medical services.  Through extensive and ongoing training and preparation our staff solves whatever problems arise, in a caring manner, to continually provide for the safety of our citizens, the stabilization of their lives, and the protection of their property.

COMPENSATION (Effective July 1, 2021)
(includes scheduled time only [no deductions for meal or sleep times] – excludes extra overtime opportunities).

Position

Hourly Rate

Estimated Annual Salary

FIREFIGHTER II/PARAMEDIC*

$19.50

$68,757 – $69,225*

FIREFIGHTER II/EMT*

$13.92

$49,081 – $49,416*

FIREFIGHTER II ONLY**

$13.21

$37,780**

*Assigned to 24/48 Shift
**Assigned to D-shift (Monday-Friday, 0800-1800, Weekends/Holidays Off)

How do you get paid at CCFR?

Employees work 24 hours on / 48 hours off and are paid every other Friday (every two weeks) and are compensated at overtime rate (time and one-half) for any hours worked beyond forty hours each week.  Any time off (other than personal swaps) is paid at straight time and is not counted toward the 40-hour overtime threshold.  Pay periods consist of two weeks, each starting on Monday at 00:00 and ending on Sunday at 23:59.  Depending on the particular shift rotation of your shift assignment, you will work either 64, 56, or 48 hours in a week (which are either 120, 112, or 104 hours in a pay period).  The breakdown is illustrated in the table below and indicates the Firefighter/Paramedic hourly rate of $19.50/hour.
 
Shift Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sa Su Total Hrs O/T Hrs Regular Pay O/T Pay Weekly Total Pay Period Total
A
24 24 16 64 24 $780.00 $702.00 $1,482.00
8 24 24 56 16 $780.00 $468.00 $1,248.00 $2,730.00
B
24 24 48 8 $780.00 $234.00 $1,014.00
24 24 16 64 24 $780.00 $702.00 $1,482.00 $2,496.00
C
8 24 24 56 16 $780.00 $468.00 $1,248.00
24 24 48 8 $780.00 $234.00 $1,014.00 $2,262.00

Since you are paid 26 times a year, you can expect a rotating check of the above pay period totals every three pay periods.  The total of these are:

Pay Period A-Shift B-Shift C-Shift
1 $2,730.00 $2,496.00 $2,262.00
2 $2,496.00 $2,262.00 $2,730.00
3 $2,262.00 $2,730.00 $2,496.00
4 $2,730.00 $2,496.00 $2,262.00
5 $2,496.00 $2,262.00 $2,730.00
6 $2,262.00 $2,730.00 $2,496.00
7 $2,730.00 $2,496.00 $2,262.00
8 $2,496.00 $2,262.00 $2,730.00
9 $2,262.00 $2,730.00 $2,496.00
10 $2,730.00 $2,496.00 $2,262.00
11 $2,496.00 $2,262.00 $2,730.00
12 $2,262.00 $2,730.00 $2,496.00
13 $2,730.00 $2,496.00 $2,262.00
14 $2,496.00 $2,262.00 $2,730.00
15 $2,262.00 $2,730.00 $2,496.00
16 $2,730.00 $2,496.00 $2,262.00
17 $2,496.00 $2,262.00 $2,730.00
18 $2,262.00 $2,730.00 $2,496.00
19 $2,730.00 $2,496.00 $2,262.00
20 $2,496.00 $2,262.00 $2,730.00
21 $2,262.00 $2,730.00 $2,496.00
22 $2,730.00 $2,496.00 $2,262.00
23 $2,496.00 $2,262.00 $2,730.00
24 $2,262.00 $2,730.00 $2,496.00
25 $2,730.00 $2,496.00 $2,262.00
26 $2,496.00 $2,262.00 $2,730.00
Annual Salary: $65,130.00 $64,662.00 $64,896.00

The pay checks listed on the left assume that your overtime was calculated with normal hours worked.  Remember that your overtime rate is only applied to hours worked that are more than 40 hours each week.

Each employee is required to attend monthly continuing education (or in-service training).  That training is compensated at overtime rate (unless you work less than 40 hours that week) and is between 2 and 3 hours each month.  This is an additional $800 to $1000 (for Firefighter/Paramedics) each year.  This additional pay is not included in the pay checks listed on the left.

Each employee receives 12 hours of straight-time holiday pay for each of the 13 paid holidays recognized by Colleton County whether they fall on the employee's assigned shift or not.  $19.50 x 12 hours = $234 x 13 holidays = $3,042.  This additional pay is not included in the pay checks listed on the left.

While the pay can decrease as a result of taking time off (causing the hours worked beyond 40 hours each week at overtime rate to decrease), it is also possible to obtain additional hours by signing up for extra overtime opportunities.  These include other employees' leaves, special events, and the Medic 14 assignments.  Medic 14 is the second medic unit on Edisto Island between April and September to meet the increased demand caused by an increased population during the summer months and is staffed mostly by voluntary overtime.  At Firefighter/Paramedic hourly rate, each additional 24 hour shift is $19.50 x 1.5 (overtime rate) = $29.25/hr x 24 hours = $702.00.

Adding the Continuing Education and Holiday Pay to the Annual Salaries on the left, Firefighter/Paramedics could expect to earn between $68,757 and $69,225 annually.

Learn more about our department by meeting some of our team!

See the 2021 Video of CCFR in action!

See the 2020 Video of CCFR in action!

To apply for employment and join our team, email your resume and certifications to jobs@colletoncounty.org.  Once we receive your information from our Human Resources Department, we will contact you to schedule you for Pre-Employment Testing.  Our next testing session is on September 23, 2021.

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