Colleton County Fire-Rescue Needs You!  Volunteer Today!
Colleton County Fire-Rescue offers FOUR different career paths to choose from:
  • Medical Only
  • Firefighter
  • Diver
  • Driver/Operator
 
Colleton County Fire-Rescue holds volunteer orientation on a quarterly basis (in January, April, July, and October).

 

Volunteer Firefighters are always needed to respond to emergencies and operate area fire stations. The Volunteer Firefighter is the backbone of the Fire-Rescue Agency. Volunteers come from all walks of life, donating many hours to the community.  There are nearly 1 million firefighters in the United States and approximately 70% of those are volunteer firefighters.

Colleton County is a combination all hazards fire-rescue department. Colleton is one of five counties in the State of South Carolina which operates a fire based EMS System. This means we have full time and volunteer personnel working side by side on emergency scenes to help those in need. We provide services in the following areas: Fire Suppression, Technical Rescue (Confined Space, High & Low Angle, Hazardous Materials Technician Level Mitigation, Dive Rescue, Advanced Life Support Treatment & Transport (Paramedic Level). Whether you are already certified as a firefighter, EMT or Paramedic or have no training at all, we have a place for you. Colleton County Colleton County Fire-Rescue covers the cost of all fire and dive related training. Medical training is a 50/50 cost share. Upon successful completion and upon obtaining your EMT certification and six months of active membership, Colleton County will reimburse the member their half of the course registration cost (based on yearly budget). Colleton County Fire-Rescue holds volunteer orientation on a quarterly basis (in January, April, July, and October).
 
What do we offer our volunteers?
  • Help Others and Improve Yourself while Giving Back to the Community
  • All Personal Protective Equipment provided at no cost
  • Gain a sense of accomplishment, achievement and pride while serving others
  • Learn new skills and obtain FREE training that can help others.
  • Make new friends and be part of a team that selflessly serves others during what is often the worst day of their lives
  • Give back to the community
  • Make a real difference
  • Receive an annual physical exam (provided by the department at no cost to you)
  • Active members receive a limited benefits package (including a nominal retirement contribution and pay-per-call/pay-per-training class) and receive a SC State Income Tax Credit (participation requirements)
Persons wishing to volunteer can stop by Fire-Rescue Headquarters at 113 Mable T. Willis Blvd in Walterboro to complete a short application. A SLED background check is required by SC State Law for any persons joining a Fire Department. Presently, applicants must not have any felony convictions within the last 10 years nor be listed as a Convicted Sex Offender.

Applicants must successfully pass an annual physical exam (provided by the department at no cost), attend regular monthly training classes and respond to emergencies. Active members receive a limited benefits package.

Call Fire-Rescue Headquarters at (843) 539-1960 for additional information.
Why Volunteer as a Firefighter?  Watch this video.
 
If you are under 18 years of age, consider becoming an Explorer with Colleton County Fire-Rescue.  Click here to find out more information about our Explorer program.
If you are not interested in responding to routine emergency scenes or are physically unable to do so, consider joining our C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team).  Click here to find out more information about our C.E.R.T. program.
 
 


 

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