What is a wildland firefighter schedule like?

Schedule. 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. My record is 29 hours straight.

Is a wildland firefighter a full time job?

Wildland firefighters may be required to work long hours in challenging and changing conditions, such as high temperatures and steep terrain. This job does have many rewards, including the opportunity to work in some of the most beautiful places in the country and create friendships that last a lifetime.

How many months 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 is a wildland firefighting season?

Wildland firefighter positions are generally advertised in the off-season (Oct-Dec) and hired as fire season approaches (Jan-Mar).

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Where do wildland firefighters sleep?

Because almost all wildland firefighters need to sleep either in fire camps or in spike camps, they sleep in tents, on the ground, and in hot, smoky, and dusty conditions. Shift work interferes with sleep, especially for those on night shift.

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 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.

Do wildland firefighters get days off?

Most firefighters begin as handcrews, hotshots, or engines. … Wildland firefighters are often away from home, without days off, for 14+ days at a time. Wildland firefighters do not work regular schedules of 8 hour days but are often asked to work 16+ hours a day when on a fire or an assignment.

Do wildland firefighters get paid overtime?

A. Yes, firefighters do receive overtime pay. Generally, a firefighter may work up to 16 hours a day while fighting a fire. Their overtime pay rate is listed on the Office of Personnel Management’s General Schedule Pay Tables.

How many wildland firefighters died in 2020?

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

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How much do hotshots get paid?

As a federal worker, a Hotshot Firefighter earns an average of $13 per hour during off-season. The pay increases during the peak fire season where they work up to 16 hours, sometimes even extending up to 48-64 hours. They earn an average salary of $40,000 during a six-month season (including overtime and hazard pay).

Is wildland firefighting a good career?

Wildland firefighters may be required to work long hours in challenging and changing conditions, such as high temperatures and steep terrain. A career in wildland fire has many rewards, including the opportunity to work in some of the most beautiful places in the country and create friendships that last a lifetime.

What benefits do wildland firefighters get?

Most common benefits for Wildland Firefighters

  • Food provided.
  • Work from home.
  • 401(k)
  • Parental leave.
  • Health insurance.
  • Paid time off.
  • Vision insurance.
  • Dental insurance.

Why do wildland firefighters walk in a line?

What’s a fireline? “Digging a fireline around the wildfire means removing everything down to the mineral soil—so all the roots, pine needles, leaves, and anything else that can burn. It’s essentially your safety line, because everything that is completely burnt can’t burn again.”

How do I get a job at wildland firefighting?

There are several types of wildland firefighting positions, and all interested candidates must successfully pass a medical screening and physical fitness test. To apply, visit the Government of Alberta jobs website. Search for Wildfire or Wildfire Crew. Please visit regularly for our seasonal job ad postings.

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