Firefighter II

May 5, 2023
York, SC
Job Type



York County is located in the Piedmont region, between the Broad River and the Catawba River. Its diverse landscape is home to family-friendly towns/cities, a progressive urban region and lakefront communities. We are excited that you want to join our team and recognize that our employees are the foundation for our success.

Mission Statement - York County provides quality public services in an open, efficient, and responsive manner.

Vision Statement - York County provides an environment where all citizens and businesses can thrive and succeed.

York County Fire offers residents a wide range of fire prevention and fire protection services. Employees are trained and equipped to provide fire safety inspections, fire investigations, and public fire education programs for people of all ages. Volunteers are crucial to the rural fire system, the department supplies the County's 16 volunteer and combination fire departments with in-depth firefighting instruction at its training facility on McFarland Road in York, South Carolina. Additionally, the department's award-winning fire truck fabrication and maintenance program continues to earn a reputation for excellence by saving tax dollars and by providing state-of-the-art equipment.


About our Opportunity

We invite you to apply to join our team as a full-time (40 hours per week), Firefighter II to join York County's Fire Department. The purpose of this position is to perform a variety of duties to suppress structural and non-structural fires, responds to emergency medical, hazardous material, and rescue situations throughout York County. May serve on special teams as needed. Positions in this class require prior firefighting experience. Appointment to the Firefighter II position requires that the employee will be performing the full range of duties for the class and meet the qualification standards for the class, including the proven ability to drive and operate all fire vehicles, a detailed knowledge of the streets, and a knowledge of water hydraulics and on scene fire operations. Must have the ability to drive to report to fire scenes.

Benefits/Perks: participation in the South Carolina Retirement System, comprehensive medical benefits, sick, vacation and holiday pay. Additional perks include paid training hours, duty uniforms, personal tools and equipment, and firefighting/rescue PPE are all provided.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Perform fire suppression activities to combat, and extinguish fires at a fire scene, including laying and/or connecting hose, directing water, raising and climbing ladders.
  • Enter, search, and extricate individuals from burning structures and remove dangerous/damaged structures/furniture and fixtures.
  • Perform routine maintenance of York County assigned vehicles including checking tools, equipment, supplies and materials of each vehicle that involves all fire suppression and emergency medical response equipment to ensure that vehicles are in proper operating condition.
  • Perform a variety of emergency rescue activities at fire, accident, hazardous material, or other emergency situations as a certified Emergency Medical Technician.
  • Provide basic/advanced life support and administer basic/advanced emergency medical care and pre-hospital first aid care to individuals when at an emergency scene.
  • Participate in regular training/drills programs and a variety of community service activities.
  • Present fire prevention/safety programs to school groups, civic groups/organizations and the general public to discuss techniques, and practices.
  • Perform testing and maintenance of all hydrants, including flow tests, painting and reporting required repairs as requested by the Fire Services Director.
  • Complete incident documentation in accordance with established policies and procedures and assists departments with maintaining records of local business renderings to facilitate the efficient response and suppression activities.
  • Perform daily check/inspection of personal fire suppression gear, protective clothing and related equipment to ensure proper functioning and cleanliness; conduct tests on all hoses.

Other Duties

  • Attend training, seminars, workshops and meetings to remain knowledgeable of modern firefighting and prevention methods; maintain required certifications.
  • Receive and respond to inquiries, concerns, complaints and requests for assistance regarding areas of responsibility as approved by the Fire Services Director.
  • Perform general clerical work as required, including but not limited to preparing reports and correspondence, copying and filing documents, sending and receiving faxes, answering the telephone, etc.


About you -
Required Education and Experience

High school diploma/GED equivalency

Required Certifications and Licenses

  • Possess South Carolina Firefighter II certification
  • Emergency Medical Technician certification
  • First Aid / CPR certifications
  • Valid State Driver's license: Class E required; Class B preferred

Applicants with equivalent experience and/or education may be considered

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities/Attributes

  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, techniques and methods of fire suppression, hazardous material control/clean-up, certain technical rescues and basic emergency medical care techniques/methods.
  • Knowledge of the streets, addresses, and locations throughout York County.
  • Knowledge of State, Federal, County, and City statutes, codes and ordinances.

Skills and Abilities/Attributes

  • Skilled in understanding and interpreting complex statues, ordinances, regulations and standards.
  • Skilled in applying basic and/or advanced emergency medical assistance techniques.
  • Skilled in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department personnel, county personnel, other fire suppression agency staff, and the general public.
  • Skilled in presenting complex subjects to a variety of audiences at an appropriate level of understanding geared for the listeners.
  • Skilled in following oral instructions under stressful situations and the ability to remain calm during emergency situations.
  • Requires guiding, persuading or influencing others in favor of a service, point of view, or course of action; may enforce laws, rules, regulations or ordinances.


P hysical and Dexterity Requirements:

Requires work involving walking, reaching with hands and arms, stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling 2/3 of the time; standing, sitting, climbing or balancing 1/3 to 2/3 of the time; talking or hearing over 2/3 of the time; lifting between 20 and 50 pounds 2/3 of the time; lifting between 50 to 100 pounds 1/3 of the time; lifting over 100 pounds 1/3 of the time.

Vision Requirements:

Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors), Peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up or down or to the left and right when vision is fixed on a given point), Depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships).

Potential Environmental Conditions/Hazards:
The job may risk exposure to fire hazards, extreme heat and/or cold, wet or humid conditions, extreme noise levels, vibration, fumes and/or noxious odors, airborne particles, traffic, moving machinery, electrical shock, heights, disease/pathogens, toxic/caustic chemicals, and explosives.


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York County is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to achieving excellence and strength through diversity. The County seeks a wide range of applicants for its positions so that one of our core values, a qualified and diverse workforce, will be affirmed. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance requires the County to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are invited to discuss accommodations

Closing Date/Time: 2023-06-05

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