Quemado looking for firefighters

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Late autumn/early winter is the time the Forest Service recruits for summer/seasonal temporary jobs for the upcoming 2014 wildfire season. The Quemado Ranger District (RD), Gila National Forest, is offering an orientation/training session for the Southwest Fire Fighter (SWFF) program.

Late autumn/early winter is the time the Forest Service recruits for summer/seasonal temporary jobs for the upcoming 2014 wildfire season. The Quemado Ranger District (RD), Gila National Forest, is offering an orientation/training session for the Southwest Fire Fighter (SWFF) program.

To qualify for the SWFF program, candidates must attend the:

Orientation session scheduled on January 21, 2014; from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Training session, 40-hour class, Feb. 24 through 28; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Along with the 2-hour Orientation and the week-long 40-hour class, candidates must successfully pass the Work Capacity Test to qualify. The test will be given on Feb. 24, 9:30 a.m., at Quemado High School plus a refresher class for returning fire fighters.

The SWFF program is an organized wildland firefighting crew employed on a call-when-needed basis. These firefighters serve as a critical firefighting crew especially during busy fire seasons. The necessary training, supervision, and equipment are provided to the firefighters.

With National Forests experiencing ever-increasing fire danger, crew members can expect to be called to duty frequently.

Bring two forms of personal identification, one of which must have a photo. Personal ID can be current state-issued driver’s license, current passport, or social security card.

Bring bank account routing information for direct deposit purposes. Direct deposit routing numbers can be found at the bottom of a check or on a bank statement.

Application packets are available at the Quemado RD from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is strongly advised to have applications completed prior to orientation. Background checks and drug testing may be applied.

Candidates who do not attend the required orientation and the 40-hour training class will not be considered. Candidates must also pass the Work Capacity Test, which involves walking three miles with a 45-pound pack in 45 minutes. Good physical fitness is a critical factor in passing this test; it is advised that individuals begin a fitness program immediately to assure they pass the arduous fitness test. For further information, please contact Nate Nozie, Fire Management Officer, or Josh Johnson, Assistant Fire Management Officer, both at 575.773.4678.