Job Corps Students Graduate to Fight Fires Across the Nation


Contact: Danny Hosein, 202-208-4969

Until recently, Thomas Barnett, formerly of Washington state, did not have a career goal in mind.

However, this spring, the 24-year-old graduated from the Centennial Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center in Nampa, Idaho, and will begin his career as a seasonal firefighter on a fire crew with the Idaho City Ranger District on the Boise National Forest. He said he’ll pursue a career in firefighting because it’s exciting and he enjoys helping people and communities threatened by wildfire.

“I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do before going to Job Corps and now I’m graduating with a job in fire and a career path in front of me,” said Barnett. “I wouldn’t have this opportunity if it wasn’t for Job Corps.”

Grooming the next generation of firefighters is part of the Forest Service mission. Four years ago, the Boise National Forest partnered with Centennial Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center to train students in wildland firefighting to help meet the demand for firefighters nationwide. Read more >