New hopeful and gear questions
I'm trying to get a job for the 2014 year fire season. I originally did the wildland fire training in January 2010, but a foot injury kept me from applying to jobs that year, and I was never able to take the pack test and get my red card. I worked as a fisheries observer in Alaska on the commercial fishing boats from 2011 through this year. I'm hoping to get back into land based work. How are new applicants with biology experience viewed? Is it something I should promote, or play down? I do have prescribed fire experience from back in college. Does age ever play a role in hiring? I'm 27, and worried the hiring agency is looking for younger people as new recruits!
My other question is, what gear do firefighters usually have to provide for themselves, and what would everybody recommend? I remember boots being one of them, and I'm looking to get a pair to start breaking in. I'd appreciate recommendations! I'm hoping to get a list together and ask for some of the gear for Christmas to help cover some of the costs.