TRAINING WE OFFER
Due to the multi-faceted aspect of the Fire Specialist Section, extensive classroom and on the job training is conducted prior to the active fire season. Fire Specialists are proactive in preparing individuals for a variety of fire and aviation management positions through quality experience and training. An average first-year Fire Specialist attends four to six weeks of training including the FSS training and “S” and “I” courses. Individuals who are Crew Boss or Helicopter Boss qualified are at an ideal level of experience for entry-level Fire Specialist positions. FSS Training is an intensive two-week course taught by more than a dozen instructors. FSS Training offers the following courses:
- Alaska Orientation
- Alaska Staging Areas
- AK Field Conditions
- Type 3 Incident Management
- Alaska Fuels and Fire Behavior
- Helicopter Operations
- Communication Systems
- Detection and Surveillance
- 8 hr Interactive Fire Management Simulation
Fire Specialists begin work around the middle of March. Depending on training needs, this date may be earlier. Alaska Fire Service maintains an ambitious fire and aviation training schedule. An Interagency Training Center is located on the AFS campus. To see the current training schedule, visit Fire Training.
The Fire Specialists usually hire 2 to 4 positions yearly. Announcements will be advertised on USA Jobs website, please call for yearly hiring plans.
Fire Specialists are required to participate in a daily physical training program. Additionally, candidates will be encouraged to participate in the BLM Fitness Challenge.
Housing and Food
Housing is available at the BLM barracks while stationed at Fort Wainwright. The barracks are set up as single rooms with shared bathrooms and are supplied with bedding and towels. Meals are available at the dining hall. Housing at field stations will range from elaborate to rustic. All field stations have a mess hall, but you may be required to do your own cooking at some of them. Click here to visit the AFS Barracks page.
Additional inquiries can be e-mailed to Dirk Giles: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 907.356.5668