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    Summary

    This position is located within a National Forest. The primary purpose of this position is to perform wildland firefighting work. These crews perform work directly related to wildland fire suppression and control activities including suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, and hazardous fuels reduction.

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    Responsibilities

    Serves as a skilled crewmember on an engine. As an assistant on a wildland fire engine, works as a trainee engine operator driving the engine, operating the pump and making hose lays under the direction of the engine foreman.
    May drive and operate the fire engine or apparatus. Responsible for positioning the fire engine or apparatus for safe and efficient operation.

    Services and makes minor repairs to engine; inspects, checks and services accessories such as pump, water lines, tank, reels, or pump power plant; and keeps in fire readiness. Inspects, cleans and stows hose. Makes emergency repairs and adjustments of pumps while in use.

    Receives training and performs simple engine operation duties. Performs basic fireline activities such as line construction, hose layout, operations of pumps and accessories, lopping and scattering of fuels using hand tools and holding, patrolling, monitoring, and mop-up operations. Moves dirt, chops brush, small trees, etc. to construct fire line. Is responsible for observing the rules of wildland firefighting safety. Applies practices and techniques to minimize resource damage.

    Independently or with one or two other crewmembers may be assigned to carry out specialized assignments such as tree falling, backfire and burnout, mobile and stationary engine attack.

    Serves as a skilled wildland firefighter on an organized crew during prescribed burns, monitoring and controlling the fire, and collecting data on fire weather and fire behavior. Also performs project work such as fuel inventory and hazard fuel reduction projects. Depending on experience level, may be assigned to structure fire protection.

    Participates in fire and safety training in the techniques, practices and methods of fire suppression and in the safe, efficient operation and use of tools, equipment and vehicles used in fire line activities, with emphasis on those used in the particular function to which assigned. Participates in crew proficiency checks and drills.

    Participates in safety sessions and fire critiques. Ensures own and others' welfare and safety in all aspects of the assignments.

    Cleans, maintains, reconditions, and stores firefighting tools and equipment.
    Inventories fire supplies and equipment. May be assigned to fire lookout to provide detection and reporting of wildfires.

    Reports smoke and fire to a dispatcher giving location, estimated size and other pertinent information. Reports weather and fire behavior information keeping the dispatcher and/or other officials informed of current conditions.

    May perform project work such as fuel inventory, preparing associated reports, and hazard fuel reduction projects. May perform project work such as road and trail maintenance, habitat manipulation, and miscellaneous equipment and facilities maintenance.

    May assist in forestry/range research efforts; in the marketing of forest/range resources; or in the scientific management, protection, and development of forest/range resources. Performs as a member of a fire crew assigned to suppress the full range of difficulty and complexity of fires.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Position(s) may involve work away the official duty location to remote worksites within commuting distance (49 miles) and may also require overnight travel and/or camping per fire assignment.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    04

  • Job family (Series)

    0462 Forestry Technician

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