Career Postings




$33,669.36 – 42,086.70


This position responds to calls within jurisdiction for fire suppression, hazardous materials responses and rescue operations; provides crowd and traffic control at emergency scenes; provides medical assistance at the First Responder level as necessary, and performs related work as required. This class works accordingly to some procedures but decides how or when to do things; work is reviewed regularly by supervisor.


  • Responds to emergency situations within the Columbia Fire Department’s jurisdiction to perform fire suppression, hazardous materials incident response and rescue duties;
  • Provides crowd and traffic control at emergency scenes; assists with salvage, overhaul, cleanup and evacuation activities as necessary;
  • Responds to a variety of emergency calls requiring medical treatment at the First Responder level, including administering CPR, removing victims from danger, administering First Aid, etc.;
  • Documents all fire and other emergency incidents and responses;
  • Participates in fire prevention and fire safety education activities;
  • Cleans and maintains fire apparatus, equipment, stations and grounds; tests and maintains fire hoses; maintains emergency response equipment in a constant state of readiness;
  • Performs special details as assigned;
  • Receives and responds to public inquiries, complaints and requests for assistance regarding areas of responsibility;
  • Attends training, seminars, and meetings to remain knowledgeable of modern fire suppression and prevention methods; maintains required certifications;
  • Performs general clerical work as required, including but not limited to preparing reports and records, copying and filing documents, entering and retrieving computer data, attending meetings, answering the telephone, etc.;
  • Remains available 24 hours per day, seven days per week, for emergency response; and
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or GED;
  • No prior experience;
  • Valid Driver’s License.


  • Must successfully complete Columbia Fire Department Recruit School;
  • Preference may be given to applicants with Firefighter I and Firefighter II certifications.
The work is considered heavy in nature and involves walking, standing, climbing, balancing, stooping, crouching, crawling, kneeling, reaching, and lifting, pushing or raising objects, exerting between 50 and 75 pounds of force on a recurring basis and over 100 pounds of force on a frequent basis.


$44,519.00 – 56,762.00



This position plans and coordinates a program to keep the public informed of the assigned department programs, issues, incidents and accomplishments; manages the media relations duties within the department, and performs related professional and administrative duties as assigned. The incumbent works within a general outline of work to be performed, and develops work methods and sequences under general supervision.


  • Serves as spokesperson to the media and public for the assigned department;
  • Composes and distributes press releases and public service announcements to disseminate department information and to otherwise facilitate a positive public image of the assigned department;
  • Supervises the preparation and distribution of press releases and public service announcements to disseminate department information and to otherwise facilitate a positive public image of the City;
  • Coordinates press conferences and/or interviews for administrators, department heads and elected officials, including acquiring use of appropriate site, coordinating availability of necessary equipment, and notifying and briefing appropriate media representatives;
  • Writes news and feature articles for newspapers and other publications;
  • Receives and responds to public, staff and news media inquiries, requests for assistance, concerns and complaints;
  • Conducts on camera interviews, telephone interviews, etc. as necessary to ensure accurate and timely releases to media;
  • Addresses neighborhood associations, civic clubs and other groups regarding personal safety, crime prevention, fire protection and rescue services to promote public understanding and prevention of fires and accidents;
  • Prepares for and gives presentations to various professional, community, civic and school groups;
  • Establishes and maintains close working relationship with the news media to promote regular, accurate and comprehensive coverage of department issues, events and programs; contacts news media representatives to disseminate information and to suggest coverage by the media of specific events, programs or topics expected to reflect positively on the department;
  • Reviews daily reports and communicates with management staff to identify and obtain information on newsworthy incidents and issues;
  • Monitors external and internal customer service to ensure that the public receives exemplary services;
  • Oversees development and implementation of community outreach initiatives to ensure a link between the assigned department and the communities it serves to reduce risk, facilitate public education, and enhance code enforcement;
  • Ensures that the Department is responsive to the communities’ needs and concerns including multiethnic populations;
  • Liaises with the chief department staff on media release and other activities to ensure the department accomplishes its mission;
  • Provides professional and technical assistance to department management and staff on public information strategies and practices;
  • Prepares informational materials for public distribution, including but not limited to brochures and fliers;
  • Takes photographs at special events, incidents, etc. for use by the department;
  • Prepares and arranges for the printing of the department’s annual report;
  • Oversees the department’s website;
  • Oversees and/or participates in the production of public safety announcements and materials, from design through distribution;
  • Coordinates with the City Public Relations office regarding all Freedom of Information Act requests;
  • Responds to requests from media, attorneys, consultants, and concerned citizen groups and the general public for information concerning the Department and its activities in accordance with the FOI Act;
  • Works with requesters and departmental staff to clarify requests for information and also acts as a communications liaison between those groups to assure accurate completion of requests;
  • Develops tracking systems and databases in order to monitor the timely completion of requests and assure the department’s compliance with state guidelines for the Freedom of Information Act process;
  • Establishes and maintains FOI records and reports; retains records in an appropriate and confidential manner and coordinates retention of documents with the department’s Records Division;
  • Ensures establishment and oversight of social media guidelines within the department while working through the chain of command;
  • Attends department, City, community and committee meetings as appropriate;
  • Performs general administrative / clerical work as necessary, including preparing reports and correspondence, entering and retrieving computer data, copying and filing documents, sending and receiving faxes, answering the telephone, ordering supplies and materials, etc.;
  • Responds to emergencies and serves as media contact for on-scene emergencies public information officer reporting to the incident commander and/or through the chain of command for all media releases;
  • Works on call 24 hours per day and considered as “essential” during emergency situations; and
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in communication, public administration, or a closely related field;
  • Three (3) years of relevant prior experience;
  • Valid South Carolina Class “D” Driver’s License.


The work is considered sedentary in nature and involves walking or standing some of the time, exerting up to 10 pounds of force on a regular and recurring basis, and sustained keyboard operations.