Forest Service seeking firefighters

Forest Service seeking firefighters

15 January 2009

published by www.sltrib.com


USA — The U. S. Forest Service is looking for people to fight wildfires next year in the Uinta and Wasatch-Cache national forests.

Seasonal positions are available for people to be members of engine, helicopter and “hotshot” crews involved in locating and suppressing wildland fires. Prevention technicians also are needed for tree-thinning projects and prescribed burns, said Forest Service spokeswoman Kathy Jo Pollock.

“The work requires arduous physical exertion under rigorous conditions,” she said. “The ability to work in rough, uneven terrain is essential. Climbing hills covered with trees, brush, rocks and debris is to be expected. Working long shifts, weekends and holidays is also a part of the job.”

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and must pass a fitness test consisting of a three-mile hike within 45 minutes while carrying a 45-pound pack. Applications are available athttp://www.fs.fed.us/fire/people/employment/index.html.


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