Women in Wildland Firefighting Training Camp: Apply by 8/12

Simone Graham – Editor: The U.S. Forest Service, San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, Angeles National Forest is seeking women interested in careers in wildland firefighting. The Women in Wildfire Training Camp is a pathway for women from underrepresented communities to prepare for careers in wildland fire – a profession that they may not have previously considered. Deadline to apply is August 12th, 2018. Camp training dates are from November 25th though December 1st.

Minimum Qualification Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be in good mental and physical condition
  • Must be able to pass the basic wildland firefighter training (provided)
  • Must be able to pass the agency’s Work Capacity Test at the Arduous level
  • Camp participants will have the opportunity to pass the Work Capacity Test prior to entering the camp. The work capacity test involves a 3-mile walk that must be completed wearing a 45-pound weight vest, which will be provided, in under 45 minutes.

Participants will learn about careers in wildland fire with the Forest Service through classroom and hands-on field exercises. Individuals selected for this opportunity will be provided with a comprehensive wildland fire orientation, professional development, formal firefighter training, training certification, and physical agility training. Personal protective equipment and line gear will be provided.

Camp Schedule

The Women in Wildfire Basic Training Camp begins on Sunday, November 25th and ends on Saturday, December 1st, 2018. Each morning camp participants will participate in hiking, running, and calisthenics to prepare for the physical demands of wildland firefighting. Each participant must complete the entire camp curriculum and live on-site throughout the duration of the camp. If selected, participants will be in volunteer status while attending the camp.

Female Wildland Firefighter Candidates cut handline during the 2017 Women-in-Wildland-Fire Training Camp in the Angeles National Forest near Sylmar, CA (USDA Forest Service Photo by Kristin Ramirez).

Location:

This seven day and six night Camp is held at The Don Biedebach Regional Training Center on the Angeles National Forest located at 12372 N. Little Tujunga Canyon Road, San Fernando, California. Participants will be staying in barracks with meals provided.

To learn about the training provided, employment available, entry-level position description, and how to apply to the training camp access this Forest Service link http://go.usa.gov/xUPwP

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