A consortium of state and federal agencies is seeking summer firefighters and have announced a wildland firefighter training program to be held in early June in Richfield. The agencies will also hire fire camp crews.
As a prerequisite to qualify for wildland firefighting, a physical fitness pack test will require walking three miles in 45 minutes with a 45-pound pack. These tests will be conducted Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30 a.m.The firefighting training will be from June 8 through June 12. The first session will be from 12:30 to 5 p.m. June 8, followed by full-day sessions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 9 and 10 at the Sevier Valley Applied Technology Conference Center. The training program will climax with a fire camp out exercise June 11 and 12. For more information, call the Richfield Interagency Fire Center at 435-896-8404.
The pack tests will be conducted at the Fire Center in Richfield, 1660 S. Industrial Park Road, and at the Bureau of Land Management office in Fillmore, 15 E. 500 North. Applicants must wear high, leather, lace-up boots. A $30 tuition fee will be required and attending the five-day workshop is mandatory to be hired as a firefighter. Qualified personnel can be called at any time and will be paid $8.44 to $9.82 per hour. Minimum required age for firefighters is 18.
Individuals as young as 16 may qualify for fire camp crews. A trainee session was held May 27, but in the event there may be more openings, those interested may call Ralph Goddud at 435-896-9233 during the day or 435-527-4465 at night.
Agencies that will use fire-fighters and camp crews in the south-central Utah area are the Fishlake and Manti-LaSal national forests, Richfield District Bureau of Land Management, Capital Reef National Park and the Utah Division of Forestry.