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    Under general supervision, controls and extinguishes fires, protects life and property, and maintains all fire equipment. Receives and responds to fire alarms and other emergency calls performing the necessary functions and operations to efficiently handle any fireground situation. Performs fire inspections and pre-fire planning, minor vehicle and equipment maintenance, and other related tasks. Responds to emergency situations requiring emergency medical attention and performs duties of an EMT. Acquires and maintains required State certification for Firefighter I, EMT, and shall be certified by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy as a Class III Police Officer, shall enforce misdemeanor traffic laws and the Code of Ordinances for the City of North Myrtle Beach. Reports to the Fire Captain and to the Incident Commander as required by the National Incident Management System.


    what the heck is up with shall be a class 3 police officer?? can anyone help me out here???

  • #2
    North Myrtle is public safety. When you get on with the FD, they want you to get the Class III cert to help out if needed with a certain event that happens once a year.....the event is Black Bike Week.

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    • #3
      gotcha thanks, so it not too in depth into police? Not real interested in the police side but if its just helping once a year getting on the FD is well worth it. Just never saw that on a description on the fire job before.

      Do you know anything about the test? is it straight civil service? how many usually test? ow many do they hire?

      thanks for any input
      Last edited by JPJ1987; 03-10-2011, 10:03 PM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by JPJ1987 View Post
        gotcha thanks, so it not too in depth into police? Not real interested in the police side but if its just helping once a year getting on the FD is well worth it. Just never saw that on a description on the fire job before.

        Do you know anything about the test? is it straight civil service? how many usually test? ow many do they hire?

        thanks for any input
        No, the fire side isn't too in depth with PD. My parents live down there and I drop in from time to time. Chatted with the Chief a few times, nice guy.....

        From what I understand, PD responds to fires and has gear. The history I know is that at one time, you had a Fire Chief and a Public Safety Director (who was also the Police Chief). Now, there's a Police Chief and a Fire Chief, with a Public Safety Director over both. Maybe that is a sign of a split eventually?

        I asked the Fire Chief when I saw him in September if they'd ever split straight up, and he said, as of right now due to the economy, they can't afford it.

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        • #5
          Not sure about the test or how many they hire....

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          • #6
            thanks i appreciate the info...

            if anyone else has info about the testing process please share

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            • #7
              Thanks for the forum, I will apply now. I swear I saw that yesterday and had the same question

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              • #8
                Originally posted by RFDGloWorm View Post
                Chatted with the Chief a few times, nice guy.....
                Yeah nice guy, about all he is defiantly not a fire chief.

                Don’t waste your time applying for North Myrtle Beach. There’s a bunch of nice guys that work there, but the moral is horrible. The turnover rate is crazy. Most people stay a year or two then move on because of the way they treat people.
                The staffing is two on the engine with the officer driving. Sometimes it’s just driver only. Most responses are taken by pickup trucks which have priority staffing over the engines. They recently put a quint in service. It also is staffed by one person sometimes. There’s a tower that usually never staffed.
                The response for a structure fire is 2 engines and the battalion “captain” and the truck if it’s service. So that’s usually 6 or 7 people, the cops show up but most never get dressed out and would rather direct traffic. The “nice guy” Chief won’t call mutual aid so you’re on your own.
                Along the lines of the Class III officer you will go to the Police Academy for two weeks to receive the legal’s portion. After that you’ll get your weapon and very little training. Most often the firefighters/class III officers are used for bike weeks to stand on a corner. Glorified security guard at best.
                It could be a good place to work if the Fire Chief wasn’t a coward and stood up for the men. Or if he just retired and someone with a clue was hired to turn the fire department around. City Council has talked about splitting it into a real fire department in the past but nothing has been done to make it happen.
                There has been an opening for over 2 years for a training officer. No one has been hired and there hasn’t been any training going on. There’s a few good firemen there and then you have the others who haven’t had the appropriate training then the few who just show up for a paycheck.

                I worked there for 5 years until I found another job. Made a lot of good friends, fought some fire and gained some experience. If you really want to relocate to the area look into Horry County Fire Rescue or Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue. Both those departments are doing things and being proactive as where North Myrtle Beach has been stuck in the past with no direction. Feel free to send me a message with any questions.
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                HCFR Engine 4
                www.forestbrookfire.com

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                • #9
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                  Last edited by Beck; 01-29-2012, 04:52 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Wow, thanks for the heads up

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                    • #11
                      Wow, that's crazy... I've been to MB Bike Week several years, and my father has only missed 2 in the past 15 years or something like that. Everyone we've talked to down there say that Black Bike Week is the worst... and all public safety officials seem to not be very chipper about either bike week, especially the second week. Not sure all that would be worth it...

                      Thanks for the heads up all, with your experience there. That or NMB is awesome to work for and you are putting on a front to get less test takers haha.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for the heads up all, with your experience there. That or NMB is awesome to work for and you are putting on a front to get less test takers haha.[/QUOTE]


                        It defiantly is not a front... I currently just left (yesterday was my last day) and everything that the two earlier posters wrote is correct. I am sure there are worst places to go, but the fire chief is a back stabber and will screw you every chance he gets. I feel bad for the people who have to stick out because they have only hope to hold onto, and that is slowly being taken from them. Like they stated there are good firefighters there, and if you do apply just stick to those people.

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                        • #13
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                          Last edited by Beck; 01-29-2012, 04:52 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Wow thats craziness. Definitely don't want to be involved with something like that. Firefighter love their jobs...everyone knows that. So when some speak up in such negative tone, it's obvious there is a problem. Especially when it's just not the typical union this, or politics that.

                            Thanks for the heads up guys, saves A LOT of travel money! I was going to apply at MBFD, but the pay there was significantly low to have to live in Myrtle.

                            Once again, thanks fellas!

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                            • #15
                              North Myrtle Beach is by far one of the worst run fire departments in the history of the fire service. The Fire Chief should be on the top ten list for one of the worst bosses in history. If you have a death wish, apply to North Myrtle Beach, if not, apply to Myrtle Beach Fire or Horry County Fire Rescue. I hope that helps.

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