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Point.I'll be a Senior in highschool next year and I have zero interest in going right to college... just the honest truth. I've been planning at least one year off to ski and I know I'll have to work my ass off during the summers.
A seasonal job as a wildland firefighter has really caught my eye. I've read a lot about it, but living in Wisconsin has left me confused as to how I will land a job fighting fires out west.
I'm seeking some solid advice from anybody with experience fighting fires. I'd like to know what steps I should take to get the job... Even though I'll be 18 years old with no relevant experience. Where/when should I apply? What are the requirements? Thanks in advance!
csteezyFire season starts pretty soon and most teams are hiring/done hiring so I'd hurry. If you aren't a lazy piece of shit it's an amazing job. You'll spend massive amounts of time outdoors and do some cool stuff, but it isn't easy work. Also depending on the fire season you could go into winter with a fuck ton of hazard pay and then collect unemployment. I know a few ski bums that do that
You need to be able to hike with a pack carrying 30+ lbs of gear. Be physically fit and able to prove that. start applying everywhere (Cali, Montana, Oregon) huge fire seasons there. My brother did it for about 7 summers and loved every second of it, now he's in fire management
Fred_BearIm pretty sure youre a little late
imakestickerzYou already missed fire hire this year. Gotta apply to that shit in January. Get ready for a lot of sitting on your ass and locals who hate the forest service with a passion
russsavokskisDon't forget Alaska we're going to have a real bad fire year this year we've had a super dry winter and I'm sure we could use as many firefighters as possible
DFJHow bad actually are the mosquitos in Ak summers?
I've heard things from not that bad to so bad you almost go crazy.