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Contacting A Recent-era Veteran Who is a Wildland Firefighter



Explore imageHow can I get in touch with a recent-era veteran who has already become a wildland firefighter?

The best way is to network in your area, especially if you live in a part of the country that regularly experiences wildland fire.  Contact nearby Federal, tribal, or state land-management agencies and talk to the fire management officer (FMO) or the assistant FMO.  Mention that you are a recent U.S. military veteran, and that you would like to get in contact with a veteran who has transitioned into wildland firefighting. 

Here are a few questions you might ask a veteran working in wildland fire:

  • What's it like being on a wildland fire crew?
  • What kinds of work does a wildland firefighter do when a big fire is burning —and what happens when there is little or no wildfire activity?
  • How will my military experience help me in this field?
  • What are some of the biggest differences between the military and wildland firefighting that I'll experience if I'm hired?
  • What do you like most about your job?
  • How does the job application system work?