We are looking for professional, experienced, motivated, and physically fit candidates. We desire individuals who can perform at a high level both independently and in a team environment. The job as an aerially-delivered firefighter can be extremely challenging and deeply rewarding. Our crew has earned a reputation for being a highly reliable, flexible, and professional organization that can solve problems and deliver results in dynamic situations.
Rookie candidates are hired as temporary (NTE 1039) GS-4 and GS-5 Forestry Technicians. Most successful applicants come in with at least 3-5 years of firefighting experience and qualifications such as Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1), Faller Type 2 (FAL2), and Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5). Experience on an Interagency Hotshot Crew and specialized qualifications such as FAL1 and EMT/Paramedic are especially desired.
Physical fitness is an important aspect of being an aerially-delivered firefighter. We expect our rookie candidates to arrive for work injury-free and in top physical condition. Be prepared to provide your current PT program and scores when contacting the base. Assessments of pushups, pullups, and 1.5-mile and 5-mile run provide a good indication of overall fitness levels.
Rookie training lasts five weeks and consists of intensive physical training, scenario-based field operations, leadership exercises, and more. This training is designed to be both physically and mentally challenging. The culmination of rookie training is the National Rappel Academy.
We receive a high volume of applications for a limited number of vacancies each year. If you are interested in our program, we suggest you make contact with us early in October and, if possible, arrange for a visit to the base. Please use the form below.