Guidance: Becoming a Smokejumper/Hotshot
First off I want to thank whoever reads this and helps me out, I really appreciate it. I'm an eighteen year old boy in Southern California and I have goal of becoming either a smokejumper or hotshot crew member. I've been looking into any opportunity I can to help build my resume/experience but I've reached a fork in the road where I don't know which way to go. This summer I received my EMT-B in the state of California but besides that I have do not have any certs or experience on a crew. I was in an Explorer post but I'm leaving soon for my college so I can't continue it. I've tried to find local stations to volunteer at but at least in my area volunteering is almost nonexistent. Currently I'm also in dispute if I want to work in Oregon or California and because of the different certifications I have no clue what my next step for should be. I'm majoring in Forestry and minoring in Wildfire management and at college will be getting my wilderness first responder and first aid in the winter just to make sure I have them. Besides that the only available time for me to get experience or certifications will be in summer. I've looked at volunteering around my college but I'm waiting to get up there to see how I can manage school, sports, and philanthropy before I add on Fire.
What certifications are required to be hired on as a hotshot/smokejumper? In CalFire I've seen the CDF 67 wildland cert and the hazmat but in other states (Oregon especially) are there different certs? A problem I've found is that since I am leaving for college I can't attend a fall, winter, or spring academy so there aren't many options for me to get the CDF 67. Does anyone know of any summer wildland academies besides SLO and chabot? Also what are the requirements to receive your FF-1 because at local colleges you have to take certain classes before you can take your academy (I'm confused about this and any clarification would be helpful)?
Lastly what would you recommend I do to help my chances of becoming a hotshot/smokejumper? I know this is a broad question but it would mean a lot to me for any answer just to help see my options. Thanks again.