Charleston County EMS - Full-Time EMT and Paramedic

Voted one of the top tourist destinations in the world, Charleston County EMS serves over 1,100 square miles of historic and scenic areas including City of Charleston, Kiawah Island, and highly regarded beach communities on the Atlantic coastline. Charleston County is an EMS system that relies on Innovation, Trust, Compassion, Respect and Dedication to provide exceptional customer service to our community. If you have the commitment to help others and want to have a career that makes a difference, now is your opportunity to join one of the finest EMS departments in the nation. Charleston County EMS offers a variety of work schedules that are both static and dynamic. 

Charleston County offers a full complement of benefits including retirement, deferred compensation (including 401k and 457 plans), longevity pay increases after years 1, 3, 5 and 6, merit based increases annually thereafter (Council approved) based on evaluations, optional life and disability coverage, along with medical and dental benefits for employee and family. CCEMS has a competitive promotional process which includes performance based assessment to Paramedic Crew Chief with an approximate 18% pay increase for the position.

Full-time EMTs and paramedics work 12-hour shifts on a rotating schedule. For more information about our operations and employment process please visit

To qualify for this position, you must have at least a HS diploma plus 6 months of EMS (ambulance service transport or other patient care) experience along with the following certifications and licensure: NREMT EMT/Paramedic (SC DHEC EMT/Paramedic by start date), BLS, and a valid driver’s license. Paramedic applicants must also have ACLS; ITLS or PHTLS, and PEPP or PALS are preferred. The selected candidate must have a valid SC driver’s license within 30 days of hire. The following training is required within 3 months of employment: ICS 100, 200, 700 and 800. 

Candidates MUST provide documentation with application of:

  • Eligibility credentials (copy of NREMT Paramedic, BLS, ACLS); 
  • 10 year driving history, 
  • Criminal background check (instate candidates are encouraged to provide copy of the SLED online criminal background check), AND
  • 3 letters of reference from your current or former supervisors 

The completed application along with the above items should be emailed to:; or FAX to (843) 958-4720).

In addition to the above, candidates must also be able to: drive an emergency vehicle, have excellent communications skills (in person, over the radio/telephone, and written), work varying shift schedules, perform a wide variety of duties with accuracy and speed under pressure, provide basic life support patient care, follow safety protocols, read maps and find locations within the County, perform calmly in emergency situations, and other EMT related duties. Knowledge must include but is not limited to: laws and regulations of US DOT, FCC, DEA and SCDHEC in regard to the practice of emergency medical services, County and EMS policies and procedures, Charleston County geography, vehicle extrication and rescue principles, patient stabilization, medical terminology, and defensive driving techniques. The paramedic is responsible for providing advance life support patient care, communicating appropriately, ensuring the readiness of vehicles and equipment, maintaining uniforms and stations, attending training, and following safety guidelines and medical protocols.

ADDITIONAL DATES TO REMEMBER: Testing and Interviews will be performed on November 13, 2017, with hire date of December 8, 2017.


Closing Date (If Any): 
Friday, November 3, 2017
Certification Level: 
Emergency Medical Technician
Advanced Emergency Medical Technician