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    Next year I'm going to be a high school senior. Will I be able to get my training out of the way and put in an application to get into wildland firefighting for the 2011 summer? I'm already a FFI, EMT-B, HazMat Ops, and Rescue Tech. Will this count for anything?

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    At minimum you should have you S-130, S-190, L-180 according to NIFC. You should also try to get your S-212 cert which is wildland fire power saws.

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    I'm not sure if my state offers a fall training class. Getting one in the spring would be much too late to apply for a job if I wanted one wouldn't it?

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    Apply to the federal land management agencies (BLM, USFS, NPS) and they will train you when you get picked up.

    Start looking at USAJOBS.gov series search in November and be searching on series # 0462 and 0455 (forestry aid and range aid respectively). Also search through this forum, for more info that seems to be posted annually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maumon086 View Post
    Next year I'm going to be a high school senior. Will I be able to get my training out of the way and put in an application to get into wildland firefighting for the 2011 summer? I'm already a FFI, EMT-B, HazMat Ops, and Rescue Tech. Will this count for anything?
    NWCG has an on-line training academy at training.nwcg.gov

    I-100, S-110, S-130, S-190 are all available on-line. After you complete those, you will only need to do a qualified field excercise for the hands-on part of the Basic Wildland Firefighter Certification.

    I think all Federal offices around the country accept this. Our local BLM and Forest Service Office strongly encourage our department to use them.

    We have access to a regular class at our local Community College as well. Because of a regional grant, it is free to members of fire departments in our region.

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