Interested in becoming seasonal firefighter with cal fire. Does anyone know where I can get the certifications such as the 67 hour in the bay area?
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01-03-2012, 02:40 AM #1
Seasonal Cal Fire Bay Area
08-30-2012, 08:30 PM #2
Hello! I am planning on applying with CAL-Fire this year and I was wondering if you had any advice. Do I have to have my CPAT cert before I apply? What exactly is a 67 hour cert? Any advice/tip I can get would be awesome. Thank you!
09-04-2012, 09:58 PM #3
- Join Date
- May 2012
- Northern California
The 67 hour academy is Calfire's basic wildland firefighter training. Similar but not fully interchangable (mostly politics vs actual difference) with the Federal Agencies Basic 32 (S130, S190, I100, L180).
Being in San Jose it is a short trip up the 101 to Calfire's Morgan Hill station where I am sure you can get all the info you need to apply next year.
You also have some opportunities with the Feds. BLM has some crews out of the Hollister office (Ft Ord for sure, not sure what else), National Park Service in Marin Co at Pt Reyes and Golden Gate, and possibly at Pinnacles in Monterey Co. The US Forest Service has the Mendocino National Forest (Lake/Mendocino/Colusa Co) and Los Padres National Forest (Monterey Co) not too far outside the SFBay Area. US Fish & Wildlife has crews out of the San Luis Refuge near Los Banos (Merced co).
These are 40 hour a week jobs (5x 8 hour days) not 24s, but cheap employee housing is usually available.
Ft Hunter Liggett near King City in Monterey Co may hire seasonals. I know they used to but I haven't talked to anyone there in many years. They are a full service civilian Army fire department that hires seasonal wildland firefighters during the summer.
Not Fed or Calfire but Marin Co used to hire seasonal firefighters. Not sure of the current status of that program.
The Mendocino National Forest runs some on call wildland handcrews out of Davis. Many wildland firefighters have stared their careers on these on call crews.
Last edited by Here and there; 09-04-2012 at 10:05 PM.
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- Far Northern California
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