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Wednesday, 13 February 2008 00:51

Forest Service Seeks Firefighters

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slide14.pngAs another dangerous fire season approaches, the nation’s largest wild firefighting organization is beginning to prepare. The US Forest Service is seeking persons 18 or older to be a part of the Eldorado National Forest and Kirkwood region’s wild land fire fighting organization. “These are great summer jobs,” said Eldorado National Forest Fire Chief Bob Patton. “We’re not just offering a 40 hour work week, but we’re also offering adventure, excitement, and the possibility of building time toward a career.” Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be able to pass a fitness test called a “pack test”.
The pack test is a three mile hike on level ground with a 45 pound back pack, and it must be completed in 45 minutes. Housing is available at some duty locations. “Wildland firefighters work in a variety of specialized positions,” said Patton. “Crews often travel throughout California and other parts of the country. And, we provide some of the best training around.” Applicants can be a part of helicopter crews, fire engine crews, elite hand crews called hot shots, fire prevention technicians, fuels management technicians, bull dozer assistants, and lookouts. Contact your local Forest Service office to find out how to apply, or call 530-622-5061 for additional information. Battalion Chief Dave Pereira will be available for personal interviews and would be glad to take you on a tour of one of the Forest Services fire stations.
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