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    Hey everyone new to the forum here as you can tell,

    I'm looking to get hired by any wildland crew of sorts for the forest service. It's a dream of mine that hopefully I can see through. Unfortunately, there are a couple of strings attached. I'm 21, and I'm not financially in a position to attend an academy (Fire/EMT) as I'm enrolled in both school and work. Are there people that get hired on without those two qualifications?

    I'd really appreciate some input on this,
    Thanks,

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    Plus a little late in the year

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    Go to california firefighter.com ... without the certs is very hard if not impossible.

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    Go to firescience.org I work for a large municipal dept and also have wildland certs. I work on a type 2 initial attack crew to keep up with skills during different seasons. If you have a related degree such as forestry or environmental management related you might be able get in a position to get hired and eventually get the necessary training to do wildland firefighting.

    Check forestry aid positions with LACo.

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    Not sure where in Cali you are, but up here in northern ca there are quite a few options for hand crews that aren't a part of the Forest Service, if you are open to that. I know in the Tahoe area alone there are a few. I would check out the Angora Peak hand crew through Lake Valley Fire, pretty legit group of guys. I know North Lake Tahoe Fire has one too. You'll need S130, S190 etc... Basic wildland Certs to get started, not hard to get. Oh, and be ready to WORK. It is not glamorous at all. Hope this helps.

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    Check the wildland section of the forum, there are dozens of threads related to this.

    http://www.firehouse.com/forums/f301/



    The basic training is actually pretty minimal, a single 40 hour class. Costs are typically pretty minimal too, with many agencies offering the class for free or a token fee (cost of materials). The training is also available from many community colleges and ROP.

    Yes there are people who get hired with no prior training, but it is not very common.

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