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U.S. Department of the Interior - Office of Wildland Fire
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Veterans to Wildland Fire - Integration Phase



Integrate imageCongratulations!  You have landed that important first job in wildland fire.  But that is just the first step in your wildland fire career.  Consider the key questions below as you start your new job and look towards your professional development in wildland fire.

1.  What can I expect during my first day, week, and month once I start working as a firefighter?

2.  What kind of training will I get as a wildland firefighter?

3.  I have a seasonal job.  What do I need to do to get on board permanently?

4.  Are there other kinds of wildland fire work that I can pursue a few years down the road?

5.  What are some ways I can accelerate my development as a wildland firefighter?

6.  How, when, and how often are wildland firefighters deployed on major incidents?

7.  How can I translate my military leadership and decision making skills into my new career?

*It is important to remember that applying for a job in wildland fire does not guarantee you will be hired.  Federal agencies, in particular, are trying to make available as many wildland fire jobs as possible to veterans, but there is competition for them.  If you are selected for a position, though, the information in these pages will help you make a smooth transition into the wildland fire community.

 

The DOI Wildland Fire Veteran Recruitment YouTube is a short video on firefighting and drawing on military experience for a job in wildland fire management.