Gila National Forest announces wildland firefighter orientation, training

New Mexico
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If you have always wanted to be a wildland firefighter, here’s your chance.

Forest officials will be holding an orientation and training session for the upcoming wildfire season.

Once trained you will respond to fires not only on the Gila National Forest but other fires across the nation.

They also help fill temporary positions for local ranger districts. The first session kicks off Feb. 6 in Silver City.

To qualify for the recruitment program, candidates must attend the introductory session on Feb. 6 or Feb. 13, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Grant County Business and Conference Center, 3031 US Highway 180, Silver City, NM.

Candidates must also pass the Work Capacity Test, which involves walking three miles with a 45-pound pack in 46 minutes. Good physical fitness is also a critical factor in passing this test and it is advised that individuals begin a fitness regimen immediately to prepare for the arduous fitness test.  

Work Capacity Testing will be administered at Fox Field, March 9 and March 11, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. for all Southwest Firefighter candidates. Candidates must also attend all sessions of the 40-hour class March 18 – 22, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., also at the Grant County Business and Conference Center. A refresher class for returning firefighters will be held March 18, 2019.   

Candidates need to bring the following documents to the first day of training or refresher, whichever pertains to them, to be accepted into the training session:

  • Two forms of personal identification, one of which must have a picture.  
    • Personal identification can be current state issued driver’s license, current passport, or social security card. 
  • 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. 

For further information, please contact Gabe Holguin, Gila National Forest Fire Staff Officer, at 575-388-8233, or Leroy Holguin, Forest Fire Planner at 575-388-8450.

Click here for more information. 

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