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Women in Wildland Fire Boot Camp set for March

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - The USDA Forest Service, Southwest Region, seeks a small group of career-focused women to be on-call wildland fire fighters for the 2016 fire season. Application deadline is Feb. 5. Training takes place mid-March.

These on-call positions will provide support to wildland fire operations over the summer when needed and can help pave the way for future employment and career advancement inside of the Forest Service.

The first assignment for those selected will be a Women in Fire Boot Camp. The Boot Camp will provide comprehensive, formal physical wildland fire training and orientation. Upon successfully completing this training each person will receive a Wildland Fire Fighter certification and protective gear.

People selected for these positions will provide temporary emergency support on wildland fires and other emergency operations nationally as well as throughout the southwest. The Boot Camp assignment will provide the basic firefighting training and some preparation for the Work Capacity Test (WCT) that is required in order to meet National Wildfire Coordinating Group Red Card qualification as a wildland fire fighter. All participants must pass the basic training and the WCT before becoming certified.

Those selected will be paid for the Boot Camp training and a physical fitness test, or the WCT. Base pay for these positions starts at the AD-B rate of $15.96/hr. The main duty stations will be located in Arizona and New Mexico but travel within the Southwestern Region or across the country on short notice for work assignments lasting up to 21 days is required.

Wildland fire fighters can operate in close proximity to open flames, heat and smoke. The work can be physically demanding requiring up to 16-hour work days for up to 14 days in a row without a day off. The work consists of hiking, carrying heavy equipment, operating fire apparatus, working near heavy machinery and using hand tools such as shovels, pulaskis, and chainsaws, sometimes in high stress situations. Respect, flexibility, understanding, crew cohesion, and teamwork are the foundation of any good fire fighter. Exhibiting these principles both on and off the clock is expected.

More information about applying for the positions is available from Cory Ball at (928) 477-5024 or cjball@fs.fed.us.

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