How Do You Become A Wildland Firefighter?

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How Do You Become A Wildland Firefighter?

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Are you sick of working in the office? Do you want to get paid to work outdoors and exercise for at least an hour everyday? Federal Wildland Firefighters have many opportunities in training, travel, and making great money through fighting wildland fires and responding to public emergencies. • First off, you need to be in shape. You will be required upon hire to complete the arduous level packtest. The pack test is a 3 mile walk with a 45 pound pack and you must complete it in 45 minutes or less. So if you are interested in applying for a wildland firefighter position and you are not in shape, start running or hiking. For most agencies, the fire season starts about May so you will want to give yourself a few months of proper training ahead of time. • Second, make contacts. Go into your local ranger station whether it be a U.S. Forest Service station or BLM station and ask the person at the front desk for any fire personnel that might be available. Explain that you are interested in beco

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A wildland firefighter helps to control and contain fires that develop in wild areas. This position requires special coursework, physical training and certification. However, if you are dedicated to becoming a wildland firefighter and have the skills and physical strength to handle this challenging position, then your local wildfire control agency will help you out. Step 1 Identify the agency in your area that is responsible for fighting wildland fires. Examples include the U.S. Forest Service, your state’s forest service or the Bureau of Land Management. Once you know who is responsible for fighting wildland fires, you can talk to them about them sponsoring you as a wildland firefighter candidate (see Resources below). Step 2 Meet the requirements to earn your Interagency Incident Qualification Card. This card is usually referred to as a “Red Card.” To qualify for this card you will need to pass a physical agility test and complete courses S-130, which covers basic firefighting, and S

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