Great Falls, MT, USA — Several local high school students have given up part of their spring break to study the difference between local winds, general winds and a whole host of other fire-related weather patterns.
Students from Paris Gibson Education Center are participating in a three-day Lewis and Clark National Forest wildland firefighters’ class to get the proper pre-fire season training and possibly attain summer jobs.
“It’s just an opportunity for them to learn what it is we do and why we do it,” said Rebecca Strand, a firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service. “It gives them a leg up.”
After completing the introductory course, Strand said the students will meet some state and private contractor firefighting standards for entry-level positions.