South Carolina Code of Laws
Title 40 - Professions and Occupations
SECTION 40-80-20. Criminal records check required for employment.
(A)(1) Prior to employment of a paid or volunteer firefighter, the fire chief or other employer must ensure that a
prospective firefighter undergoes a criminal records check conducted by a law enforcement agency.
(2) The cost of the criminal records check may not exceed eight dollars.
(3) A criminal records check is not required for a firefighter employed as of June 30, 2001, if the firefighter is
employed with the same fire department with which he was employed on June 30, 2001. Upon separation from the fire
department where he was employed on June 30, 2001, a firefighter must comply with the provisions of Section 40-80-
(B)(1) After June 30, 2001, a person may not perform firefighting duties in South Carolina if the person has been
convicted of, or pled guilty to, or pled nolo contendere to:
(a) a felony;
(b) arson or another offense provided in Article 3, Chapter 11 of Title 16; or
(c) an offense involving a controlled substance as provided for in Chapter 53 of Title 44.
(2) The prohibition in item (1) of this subsection applies for a period of ten years after the conviction or plea of guilty
or nolo contendere.
After the expiration of the ten-year period, a fire chief or other employer may determine whether to allow a person with
a criminal record to perform firefighting duties; except no person may volunteer as a firefighter, be employed as a
firefighter, or perform firefighting duties if he has been convicted of, pled guilty to, or pled nolo contendere to arson
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