Frequent question: Are there seasonal firefighters?

Seasonal jobs in firefighting include working on a local unit handcrew, on a helitack/helirappeling crew, a HotShot Crew, as a smokejumper, or on an engine crew. Remember, these are tough jobs usually performed in primitive, backcountry conditions.

Can you be a seasonal firefighter?

To become a seasonal firefighter, you must apply to the agency that interests you. Every agency has its own process for hiring seasonal employees. You may want to consider applying to more than one agency.

How does seasonal firefighting work?

Seasonal jobs may offer 40 hours of work per week, but there are some part-time and temporary opportunities as well. The 40 hours of work may be in the form of a compressed work week with four (10-hour) days on followed by four days off. You may be hired for the entire season, which lasts from May to September.

How do you become a seasonal forest firefighter?

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National.
  2. Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
  3. Must meet Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) qualifications.
  4. Position requires a Work Capacity Test (WCT)
  5. Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
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Do wildland firefighters work year round?

The California Conservation Corps regularly operates more than a dozen wildland firefighting hand crews. Fire hand crews operate year-round and seasonally at as many as a dozen CCC locations. … They generally respond during the initial few hours of a fire and can remain for longer term commitments on major fires.

Is it hard to become a wildland firefighter?

While some wildland firefighters work year-round and some work only during the fire season, the work is always strenuous and positions are always highly competitive. Prospective workers can often increase their chances of securing a job by earning a certificate or degree in fire science.

How many wildland firefighters died in 2020?

2020 ended, to date, with 96 firefighter on-duty deaths.

How many months a year do wildland firefighters work?

If you’ve ever met a seasonal wildland firefighter then you will probably know that many of them are employed just for 6-9 months of the year to fight fires (during the wildfire season) and then they have months of time off at their disposal.

How long do seasonal wildland firefighters work?

Wildland firefighters can work 14 days straight (called a roll) with 16-hour days and possibly up to three days travel before and after the official 14. Night shifts and longer shifts of 16-24 hours are possible depending on the fire and area you are in, but not super common.

How much do Smokejumpers get paid?

A smokejumper earns around $16.00 per hour while a smokejumper foreman earns about $24.00 per hour. Smokejumpers are paid nothing extra for making parachute jumps; however, they do receive hazard pay equivalent to 25 percent of their base pay when working on an uncontrolled wildfire.

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What certifications do I need to be a wildland firefighter?

Essential Information

Required Education Typically, high school diploma at minimum; associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in fire science are available
Other Requirements Most firefighters must be certified as EMTs; voluntary certification available through the National Wildfire Suppression Association

Do volunteer firefighters get paid?

Volunteer firefighters freely volunteer their efforts as a way of serving and giving back to their community. They often do not receive monetary compensation from the fire department. If they are paid, it is typically in the form of small stipends or annual bonuses.

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