Can a brother get a red card?!
Ok, so I'm wondering about the ever-elusive red card, I've just got to have one. I say elusive because I live in Texas, and we seem to be kind of a joke to the rest of the nation in the wildland arena, given that we've got a state full of clowns riding on grill guards of their type 6's, non compliant tenders, etc. having been a structure guy for 6 years, I'm admittedly late to the WUI party, but I'm trying to catch up. By the end of the month I should have S-212, L-280, and FFT-1. We have a certifying organization for statewide assignments I can go into later, but I'm sticking to NWCG curriculum because I'd REALLY love to get red carded. Every person I talk to, I get the old "it's impossible" answer, but the thing they all have in common is they've all got a red card. I see the glass ceiling here, and I'm not complaining about it, I just want to know how to get in the club. Any fish and wildlife people in here? Who's yard to I have to show up and mow?? I've heard from some forest service people that the infrastructure existed at one time in Texas, but they were not getting the commitment they needed from their carded staff, and scaled it down. My dept. is very gracious when it comes to honoring out of state or mutual aid type assignments, so I feel that every day is a wasted opportunity to gain invaluable experience and bring back to my home region. Any wildland gurus out there ever been in my shoes??