"The Myrtle Beach Fire Department (MBFD) uses annual performance appraisals to evaluate the overall job performance of employees. The problem is the current annual employee performance appraisal system used by MBFD does not effectively evaluate the performance of fire department personnel. The purpose of this research was to identify an effective employee appraisal process for the MBFD. The descriptive research method was used to answer five research questions: How do fire department supervisors and employees perceive the current employee appraisal system? What are the current issues affecting employee performance appraisals in the MBFD? How can the MBFD increase the value and effectiveness of employee performance appraisals? How do other departments within the City of Myrtle Beach conduct employee performance appraisals, and does the current system meet their needs? How do other fire departments conduct employee performance appraisals?"