Wildland Firefighter (FFT-2)
Miller Timber Services, Inc. prides itself in providing wildland firefighting contract crews that uphold the wildland ethics and stewardship values of the profession. Through discipline, determination and dedication, our wildland firefighters consistently receive high marks for their performance while on assignment.
Our Wildland Firefighters are hardworking, dependable, self-disciplined individuals with a willingness to perform the challenges at hand.
- Contain, control and suppress wildland fire
- Rapid on-call deployment preparedness for wildfire and emergency incidents
- Utilize hand tools and equipment, such as pulaski, shovel, hazel hoe, ax, and chainsaw
- Perform basic fireline activities including line construction, moving dirt, hose layout, cut, scatter, and removal of fuels using hand tools
- Coordinate as an organized crew during wildfires and prescribed burns holding line, patrolling, monitoring fire behavior, and performing mop-up operations
- Operate outdoors in remote and rugged conditions with extended travel and overnight camping.
- Abide by all safety standards to mitigate risk while on assignment
Wildland firefighting can be an excellent opportunity to earn a great summer income. As an entry-level firefighter, you can expect to earn $6,000.00-$10,000.00 for a summer of work, based on your availability for dispatch. We're always looking for motivated individuals for our crews, so tell your friends about this opportunity!
For those that fight fires with us multiple years, there are many advancement and management opportunities in the profession of wildland firefighting. We utilize a complex incident command system, which uses a performance-based qualifications system to establish the chain of command. Miller Timber Services, Inc. offers advanced training opportunities for individuals meeting these performance thresholds in the classroom and in the field.
If you reach these performance thresholds and take on a professional fire management role on one of our crews, you can expect to earn a higher hourly wage and become eligible for performance bonuses. Within only a few years, you could be managing squads of five to seven firefighters or even an entire crew of nineteen. This looks great on a resume and demonstrates your drive, integrity, work ethic, and leadership abilities to future employers.
Upon graduating from your degree program, our management can provide performance evaluations and serve as a reference for prospective employers in your field. If you wish to continue wildland firefighting as a chosen career path, internships and mentoring programs may be available for further professional development.
Firefighters are required to:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Maintain good physical fitness and health
- Maintain an active cell phone throughout fire season to be contacted for dispatch. Text messaging capability is recommended
- Submit to random drug testing
- Possess transportation to our office in a timely manner
- Furnish the dispatch coordinator with all dates in which they will be unavailable for assignment, with a minimum of three weeks advance recommended
- Have a positive attitude and exceptional work ethic
We recognize that our personnel represent the organization’s most valuable asset. Therefore, providing a safe and productive work environment is of the utmost importance, and is considered integral to the success of our business. For this reason, Miller Timber Services, Inc. has established a zero tolerance drug and alcohol policy.