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Employment Opportunities with CUFD

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Are you a compassionate, goal-oriented, self-starter? Do you thrive in a physically challenging, dynamic, team centered environment? Does serving your community while learning new skills, and pursuing educational opportunities sound like your dream job? We would like to hear from you! The Clemson University Fire and EMS Department is looking for hard working individuals with a passion for learning, fighting fire, and providing outstanding emergency medical care. We are building a diverse team of highly skilled professionals with a unified goal: providing Clemson University, and the surrounding communities, with elite fire suppression and fire prevention education, and emergency response services. We would love for you to be a part of our mission.

  • Eligibility
    • Be at least 18 years of age.
    • Be a U.S. citizen.
    • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
    • 1+ years of consecutive firefighting and/or EMS field experience.
    • Current NREMT & SC EMT certification and/or NFPA Firefighter I
    • NIMS-ICS 700 and 100
    • Have or be able to obtain a valid South Carolina driver’s license.
    • Have not had a driver’s license suspension during the last five years for DUI.
    • Never been convicted of a felony or criminal domestic violence.
    • Never been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude or a misdemeanor carrying a sentence of more than one year.
    • Have not defaulted on a student loan.
    • Have a good credit history.

    All personnel must have CPR-BLS certification and the ability to maintain continuous medical control sponsorship/authorization by the department.

    Eligible candidates may seek departmental sponsorship to attend recruit school either through the South Carolina Fire Academy, or local training opportunities.

    Preference is given to candidates with paramedic certification. Additionally, eligible candidates may apply for departmental sponsorship of paramedic training at Upstate EMS Council.

  • Benefits
    • State Retirement Plan - PORS, with Supplemental Retirement Plan Participation
    • State Health Insurance
    • Paid Annual Leave, Sick Leave, and Holiday Comp Time accruals
    • Educational benefits from Clemson University
    • SC Firefighters Association 1% Fund Membership

    Clemson University is proud to allow educational equivalency for military-technical certifications and training that directly relates to job duties.

  • Salary

    Starting Salary Ranges

    • Firefighter/EMT $42,196 - 46,265
    • Firefighter/Paramedic $51,624 - $56,866

    CUFD has a step-based salary structure and career path based on years of experience, training and certifications.

Preparing for tomorrow’s challenges


CUFD offers unique opportunities for training, career advancement, and professional development. We hold regular in-service training, both in the classroom and at our burn building. Additionally, the university offers a college incentive program, allowing employees to prepare for leadership positions.

Do you have a specialty skill or interest? Our department trains several special rescue teams to respond to almost any emergency, including hazmat, swift water, rapid divers, high-angle, low-angle, confined space, and trench rescue.

Some of our special assignments include providing emergency standby coverage for all Clemson University athletic events, as well as other large public gatherings on campus.

CUFD operates three shifts on a rotating 24-hour shift (24 hours on duty, 48 hours off duty) with shift change at 07:00 each day. Each shift is comprised of 15 full-time firefighters who are cross-trained as EMT, Advanced EMT, or Paramedic. In addition to the 45 full-time shift firefighters, the department has 10 additional full-time cross-trained administrative staff members who work a 40-hour, work-week schedule.

SkillBridge Program

The Department of Defense (DoD) SkillBridge program provides an opportunity for Service members to gain civilian work experience and bridge the gap between the end of service and the beginning of their civilian careers. This program provides training and work experience while also allowing employers the opportunity to train and evaluate the Service member's suitability for work.

  • Service members can be granted up to 180 days of permissive duty to focus solely on full-time, approved training.
  • SkillBridge participants continue to receive their military compensation and benefits, while the employer provides practical training and valuable work experience.

CUFD SkillBridge Program Opportunities

CUFD's SkillBridge program provides training to prepare individuals for a job as a Firefighter/EMT.

While participation in the SkillBridge program does not guarantee employment at the end of the program, it does provide valuable training for those wishing to pursue a career in Fire Services.

CUFD welcomes both experienced and inexperienced candidates.

  • We look for NFPA 1002 Firefighter Level II certification from a Fire Academy such as South Carolina Fire Academy, that provides an IFSAC or ProBoard credential seal.
  • We require our firefighters to be certified to National Registry EMT Basics (NREMT-B). All CUFD Firefighters are cross-trained as EMT, Advanced EMT or Paramedic.

While we will make every effort to accommodate SkillBridge requests, please be aware the SC Fire Academy conducts classes on a quarterly basis and we are limited to a specific number of candidates for each session. This along with the time of your end of enlistment may create certain challenges. We will do our best to address requests on a case-by-case review.

Fire Chief in front of the Command Center wide screen showing live footage of the crowds at a football game.

Special Event EMT / Paramedic

Fire and Emergency Medical Services has limited employment opportunities for the specific purpose of staffing special events. These personnel are not regular members of the department, and are not normally otherwise affiliated with the University itself.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity

Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.

Clemson University Fire Department
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