Hiring Process Timeline


Please make sure your application is completed, legible, and submitted by August 31.
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P.A.C.E. Test

Firefighting is physically demanding. The P.A.C.E. test measures your ability to perform a series of events that functionally resemble fire ground activities.
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Written Test

The written test assesses reading comprehension, mechanical and spatial aptitude, mathematical ability and capacity to comprehend and learn from written instructions. Download the Study Guide



Applicants that pass the P.A.C.E. and written are invited for an oral interview before the Hiring Committee.



P.A.C.E. Test

The P.A.C.E. test determines your strength and stamina to perform as a Firefighter/EMT.
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Written Test

The written test assesses reading comprehension, mechanical and spatial aptitude, mathematical ability and capacity to comprehend and learn from written instructions.


Frequently Asked Questions

Our minimum qualifications are:

– 18 years of age
– Possess a high school diploma or G.E.D
– Possess a valid driver’s license
– Be eligible to work in the United States

No fire and rescue experience or training is required. We hire both experienced and inexperienced candidates depending on department needs at the time a vacancy occurs. All personnel that do get hired start at the probationary level even though they may be trained at a higher level.

The following will disqualify you from employment as a Firefighter/EMT under South Carolina law:

– Have been convicted of or pled guilty to a felony in the last 10 years.
– Have been convicted of or pled guilty to arson.
– Have been convicted of or pled guilty to an offense involving a controlled substance.
– Have been convicted of or pled guilty to a felony involving criminal sexual conduct.
– Have been convicted of or pled guilty to a crime in which the victim is a patient or resident of a healthcare facility, including abuse, neglect, theft from, or financial exploitation of a person entrusted to the care or protection of the applicant.
– Inability to successfully obtain a medical clearance in accordance OSHA and NFPA 1582.
– Inability to pass random drug and alcohol screenings.

Firefighters are scheduled to work 24 hour shifts; 24 hours on-duty with 48 hours off.

Our shifts begin and end at 0800.

All candidates who have not completed the SCFA Firefighter Candidate School or BTFD Recruit School will be required to obtain this certification.

This cost will be paid for by the Bluffton Fire District. Recruits will be paid while attending Recruit School.

Base salary for Recruit Firefighters is $32,875.50 annually (as of July 2016).

Candidates who possess current National Paramedic Registry Certification will be eligible for an additional $2500 stipend.

In addition to a career of helping others, BTFD provides its personnel with advancement opportunities by taking classes through the South Carolina Fire Academy and National Fire Academy.

Recruit Firefighters must serve at least 9 months with BTFD prior to being eligible to promote. We test for promotion each November, and each promotion in rank includes a 5% pay increase.

Our benefits package is one of the best in the region and includes:
-Health, Dental, & Vision Insurance
– Line of Duty Death Benefits
– Life Insurance
– Vacation and Sick Leave Accruals
– Pension Plan (SC PORS Police Officers’ Retirement System
– SC Deferred Compensation 401/457
– South Carolina 1% Fund
– Tuition Reimbursement Program
– Employee Assistance Program (EAP)


We test each year to create a hiring pool; we will hire from this pool of eligible applicants as positions become available.

We do not have a ranked list; we hire from the pool of eligible applicants based on the needs of the department once a position becomes available due to attrition.

If you do not have a current National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) EMT (or above) credential you will be required to attend EMT school once you are hired. This cost will be paid for by the Bluffton Fire District.

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate any request for make-up testing. Our Staff strives to assure the testing process remains standard for all Applicants, and as such, we do not permit “make-up” testing.

We continually accept applications for Recruit Firefighter. The status of your application will be given to you via written notification. If your information should change please submit a new application so that we can assure your invitation to test is sent to the accurate location.

Devoted to Duty Above Personal Risk, Since 1978

Bluffton Township
Fire District

The Bluffton Township Fire District is located in Beaufort County, the southernmost coastal county in South Carolina. Bluffton is located just 12 miles west of Hilton Head Island, SC and approximately 20 miles northeast of Savannah, GA, and consists of a wide range of geography, including unspoiled sea marshes, creeks, lagoons, and heavily wooded forests of tall pine trees, palmettos and live oaks.

The Bluffton Township Fire District is a traditional organization that provides fire protection, emergency medical services (EMS) and other emergency services. The District operates a 24 on and 48 hours off three shift system to provide 24/7 protection to the community. Each shift has a minimum staffing level of twenty-nine (29) personnel on duty. There are 8 fire stations, 3 with ALS Engine companies and 5 with BLS Engine companies. The District also has one dedicated Truck Company and Battalion Chief.

The department responds to a wide variety of incidents each year, with approximately 75% being medical related responses. To meet this need, we require all personnel to be trained to a minimum level of National Registry Basic Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) within their first year of employment.

Many of our employees are also members of either a Regional Hazard Materials Team or Regional Urban Search and Rescue Team. These teams are coordinated and executed in partnership with our neighboring departments.

We encourage the hiring and development of a high functioning and diverse workforce to meet the needs of our citizens and visitors. We can offer a meaningful career, competitive salary and benefits and an abundance of learning and promotional opportunities to the right men and women who wish to proudly serve the Bluffton Township Fire District community.

Main website: www.blufftonfd.com


  • Station 1: Kaiser Sled. The applicant shall stand on the platform with hammer in hand, in the ready position. Time starts at first sled strike. The applicant must strike the sled with the hammer continuously until the sled reaches the finishing point. Walk 100 feet to Station 2.
  • Station 2: Hose Swap. Three (3) sections of rolled hose will be placed in a box. Fifty (50) feet away are three (3) additional sections of rolled hose in a second box. The applicant will swap the hose in the boxes. Walk 100 feet to Station 3.
  • Station 3: Hose Drag. The Applicant will drag a 100 foot section of charged 1.75″ diameter hose line for a distance of 50 feet. Walk 50 feet to Station 4.
  • Station 4: Over and Under. The applicant will approach two (2) thirty-two (32) inch high obstacles that are spaced eight (8) feet apart. Applicant will go over the first obstacle and under the second obstacle. Walk 20 feet to Station 5.
  • Station 5: Sled Pull. The Applicant will sit, stand or kneel in a five (5) by five (5) foot marked box. The applicant must pull a weighted sled by attached rope a distance of fifty (50) feet to the marked box. applicant must remain in the marked box. Walk 10 feet to Station 6.
  • Station 6: Hose Coupling. Two (2) sections of 3.00″ hose will be placed side-by-side. Applicant must couple the hoses together before proceeding to the next station. The testing attendant will confirm the hose is fully coupled. Walk ten (10) feet to Station 7.
  • Station 7: Victim Drag. Applicant will grasp and drag a rescue mannequin weighing approximately 165 pounds for a distance of fifty (50) feet. Once the applicant has dragged the mannequin across the finish mark, the test ends and time stopped.
  • Allotted Time: Applicants will have six (6) minutes to complete all seven (7) stations of the P.A.C.E. test. Time will be kept by a test attendant. Time will begin when the hammer first strikes the keiser, and will end when the rescue mannequin crosses the finish mark.

I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a firefighter.
The position may, in the eyes of some appear to be a lowly one;
but we who know the work which the firefighter has to do believe ours is a noble calling.
Our proudest moment is to save lives.
– Edward F. Croker

Applicant Preparation Program

About the Program

Applicants will be given a thorough orientation to firefighter's duties and responsibilities, ladders, hose, personal protective equipment tools and physical fitness requirements.

Practice P.A.C.E. test sessions.

Applicants will be encouraged to participate in a voluntary physical fitness program.

Written test prep sessions.

Oral interview prep sessions.

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Dates / Times / Location

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 6:00-9:00pm
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 6:00-9:00pm
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 6:00-9:00pm
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 6:00-9:00pm
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 6:00-9:00pm
All sessions held at :

BTFD Training Facility
19 Ulmer Road
Bluffton, SC 29910

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