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    Exclamation Will experience in Wildland Firefighting be helpful in getting hired by a city dept.

    I am an aspiring firefighter, looking to land a career in a city department. I have been offered a seasonal position by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a Range Tech(Fire). Taking the job means leaving home and giving up $1.70 an hour. I'm willing to do this if it will help me in my quest to get on a city fire department. Anyone that can give me some insight about the job or about my questions, please do. Thank-you

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    Default Will it help-Absolutley

    Sure I was a Wildland Firefighter for over 6 years before I got hired with a City Department. Good luck and keep safe out there

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    It certainly can't hurt.

    Exposure to the para-military command structure, the work involved and training are all pluses.

    And you might make a few connections, gain a few reputable references.

    Go for it.
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    why be structured when you can go wild

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    Quote Originally Posted by langwff102020
    why be structured when you can go wild
    Well, for example, if you want to get paid in something different than sunsets.

    Or if you want to get called a "firefighter". As far as the Forest Service is concerned, you're a "Forestry Aid".

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    i got a different kind of question here. i am a career firefighter in a small city in south west indiana and i have had a red card for about 6 years. my city wont give me the time off to go "available" for the dnr team but i would like to get invovled in the wildland community more. is there anything out there such as controled burns or somthing that i might be able to take part in in my area? any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    First question: Yes

    Experience/Exposure to.....

    Incident Command System
    Fire Suppression
    Safety/Awareness
    Critical Thinking
    Decision Making
    Working with others
    Vehicle Operations
    Pump Operations
    and on and on.....

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    Second question: Yes

    Check with your State DNR wildland fire suppression people, many states have relatively localized positions where you could theoretically work day shifts out of a ranger station near you during wildland fire season to fit around your regular FD shifts.
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    Any expierience is seen as as a positve attribute during the hiring process,

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    I think it's a big help having wildfire under your belt when going for that city job

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    not sure if I should agree with you, or consider this a slap in the face
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    So the question is will fighting fire help me become a firefighter, hmm?
    Just so you know no one at any city fire department will ever fight as much fire as a wildland firefighter. I worked for the forest service for two years and spent over 100 days of my life fighting fire. I now have worked for LAFD for the past 6 months and have fought 5 real structure fires.

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