McMurdo Fire Dept, Antarctica
Hey all, I've done a bunch of searching around this site, but I wanted to see if I could get some more recent information about firefighting down in Antarctica. I know it's run through Raytheon, but I would love to get some first hand information from people who have been down there about the application process, tips and tricks on getting hired, and the inside scoop about their time down there. I'm looking forward to hearing from any of you who've been down there. Thanks!
Raytheon is still hiring to fill firefighter positions
I am the new fire chief for Raytheon Polar Services Company. I recently retired from Air Force, Civil Service, fire protection and decided to take on this challenging job. The world of Raytheon hiring and how they do business different than what the Air Force was. So, if I can be of help answering your questions, please drop me a message. For now I'll post some basic information.
-- Mission: To support of the National Science Foundation (NSF), United States Antarctic Program, (USAP) http://www.usap.gov/index.cfm
-- Raytheon Polar Services Company: Contracted by the NSF to provide fire protection, inspections, rescue, structural, ARFF and HazMat services
-- Department: 55 members; 2 permanent full-time; all other's seasonal (contract) full-time;3 fire stations; McMurdo Station, Pegasus Airfield (~15 miles from McMurdo), & South Pole Station
-- Aircraft: LC-130’s, C-17, DC-3T (Basler), DHC-6, Bell-212, Eurocopter-AS350
-- Living Conditions: Free room & board, dorm style living, central dinning facility, small store, fitness area’s, limited recreation area’s
-- Web Pic’s: wttp://www.newzeal.com/theme/bases/Mcmurdo/MaccaFire.htm
-- Main Base McMurdo: Volcanic island, no vegetation, gravel roads, average
summer population:~1,000, located next to Ross Ice Shelf (77 degrees 51 minutes S, 166 degrees 40 minutes E)
-- Firefighter Seasonal Work Periods: (Approximate Dates This Season)
Win-Fly Deployment: 3 August 2009 – 20 Feb 2010 (25 Weeks)
Main-Body Deployment: 14 Sep 2009 - 20 Feb 2010 (20 Weeks)
Winter-Over Deployment: 3 Feb 2010 - 8 Oct 2010 (33 Weeks)
-- How We hire: We hire within two basic categories “Primary” positions are guaranteed jobs, “Alternate” positions are needed to back-fill primary positions, some recruits get “cold-feet” and/or can’t complete the medical- exams and back-ups are needed. Those accepting alternate offers will process up to the point of travel.
-- Physical Qualifications: NSF requires (and reimburses for) strict physical examinations and dental evaluation for all personnel going to Antarctica. Physiological exams required for winter-over positions
-- Free trip to New Zealand, twice: Deploy and return through Christchurch NZ!
-- Benefits: Health, Life, ADD, and Vision Insurance, Optional 401K program available
-- Once in a life time experience: Support American Scientists and contribute to strengthening the Antarctic Fire Department. Good seasonal job!
-- Questions: Contact Captain Neel Pahl at firstname.lastname@example.org or Fire Chief, Mark S. Lawler at email@example.com
-- How to apply: Sign up at RayJobs: http://www.rayjobs.com/ Use requisition numbers to search for positions: Captain: TSC113618, Lieutenant: TSC113620, Firefighter: TSC113619, Dispatcher:TSC113622, Dispatcher Supervisor: TSC11347
Just happened to find this post
Strangely enough, I actually just stumbled across this post while I was applying for the McMurdo Fire Department.
Chief, I was just wanting to double check what you meant by the "online questions" in your post above.
I have the the resume and cover letter submitted, but I just wanted to be sure that I haven't missed a step. Are those questions simply the "job profile" and "login preferences" information?
Any help or advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time.
on-line process - refinement
Hey I am new here as well and offer some additional detail.
Step-1: Set-up a RayJobs account and attach/post your resume
Step-2: Find the "Button" to search for jobs. In the key words field type in firefighter or type in the requisition number for a position you’re interested in and qualified for. You submit for each category separately, e.g. fire captain, fire lt, firefighter, and dispatcher etc. I posted the requisition numbers earlier in this thread. Open the job, you will see a job description, click apply to this job and the questions will become visible. Complete your questions and enter submit.