Helicopter Crewmember Program
The program is designed to allow Emergency Fire Firefighters from the Alaska Fire Service zones to expand their firefighting qualifications and enter into fire aviation roles. The basis for this entry is Helicopter Crewmember or HECM qualification.
This training opportunity is conducted every year and takes EFF firefighters with one season of fire experience and gives them education, training, and experience to obtain the qualification of Helicopter Crewmember (HECM), with the possibility of other qualifications such as Aircraft Base Radio Operator (ABRO), Take Off and Landing Coordinator (TOLC) and Deck Coordinator (DECK). After the classroom and field training is complete, the individuals continue their aviation career path by going out on fire assignments and completing a Position Task Book (PTB), and do so through their respective Fire Management Zones.
The training lasts approximately 10 days where the training is split between the National Wildfire Coordinating Group approved course, Basic Helicopter Crewmember class (S-271), Department of Interior and Bureau of Land Management mandatory refresher training and various field exercises. The field exercises will consist of programmable radio operations, land navigation, basic logistical organization, and other scenarios.
The individuals will need to be available for fire assignments in order to obtain the experience necessary to complete the Position Task Book for HECM. Assignments can be either within the state of Alaska or on L48 assignments.
To be considered for the program contact the BLM/AFS Zone representative for the village you live in.
Additional inquiries can be e-mailed to Dirk Giles: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 907.356.5668