USA — Earlier this spring, employees from the Gila National Forest presented the Cobre High School Alternative class students in Bayard with information on careers with the Forest Service to help provide them with ideas on job opportunities after graduation. Students were then given a tour of the the Gila National Forest Air Tanker Base and Fire Cache in Hurley to highlight some of those jobs and careers.
The tour complemented the presentation by giving the students a visual of specific areas of the wildland fire organization segment of the Forest Service such as the Aerial Tanker Base, including aircraft used in wildland firefighting. Students were able to get a close look at some of the aircraft used to fight wildland fires, including a sky crane — a twin engine heavy lift helicopter.
Information on the firefighting positions that work closely with the aircraft during fire incidents was also presented to the class.
In addition, students were informed on the Fire Cache operations. One of only eleven across the nation, the cache is a facility used to store and furnish emergency equipment and supplies for firefighting and other emergencies such as the 2005 Hurricane Katrina and the 2003 Columbia Space Shuttle Recovery.
At the end of the tour, students were reminded of the seasonal and student hiring opportunities with the Forest Service available to them if they apply and are selected.