Women In Wildland Fire Boot Camp Application Opens


SFNF News: 

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe and Carson National Forests are looking for career-focused women who want to protect and preserve America’s public lands by training to become on-call wildland firefighters for the 2020 fire season. 

These on-call positions will provide support to wildland fire operations during fire season and may lead to future employment with the Forest Service. 

Approximately 30 applicants will be selected to attend the Women in Wildland Fire Boot Camp in September, which will provide comprehensive firefighter training and orientation. 

Participants who successfully complete the training will be prepared to take the work capacity test, or pack test, required of all firefighters. Program graduates may meet the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s minimum training, experience and physical fitness standards required to qualify for an incident qualification card or red card. 

The Women in Wildland Fire Boot Camp is Sept. 14-15 and Sept. 21-22 at the Santa Fe National Forest Headquarters at 11 Forest Lane in Santa Fe. Successful applicants will need to complete pre-work before the boot camp and attendance both weekends is required. 

The deadline for applications is 4:30 p.m. Aug. 17 and successful applicants will be notified by Aug. 23. 

Although the boot camp is focused on encouraging women to choose a career in wildland fire, men may apply as well. No previous experience is required. Additional information and the online application form are available on the Southwestern Region Forest Service website at https://go.usa.gov/xyfMq. For additional information contact Terrance Gallegos at 505.438.5631 or terrance.gallegos@usda.gov. 

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