>You have been rated qualified and referred for the position of Wildland Firefighter (Range/Forestry Aid/Technician), GS-03
So by just knowing math I got rated at level 3.
What am I getting myself into?
Did I apply to a /out/ job?
It's more out than most jobs, but it's not at all being close to nature.
Prepare to have your world turned upside down with the politics of the fire service. It's the most disheartening experience of my life. The system is so broken, and inefficient it's a literal waste of tax payer money.
Did 3 seasons, one as a captain, and had to report a guy for swimming while we were on the clock. He got fired on the spot.
It's boring as shit, and the work is pretty demanding in waves. Also you don't get to choose your company, and that makes or breaks the job.
Have fun your first year. Don't lose sight that your position is being happy to be on a big red truck. Then get out before it taints you.
damn, what agency/park/forest did you work for? All the fire guys I know love their job. Also...wouldn't swimming on the clock, you know, be highly discouraged?
Most of fire seems not to mind doing PT and tool maintenance when they're not on actually on a fire.
>I just wanted to chop trees and throw flares into the woods
they usually call me for that.
you need a load of useless paperwork to clarify you're a 'ecological' gardener and a degree in botany for that.
it's terrible work, but it pays well, they're whiny cunts about everything and will be right up your dick if you forget to lay a single twig where they want it to be.
and like every other tree that's in the fucking way is monumental even though they have to be 100+ years for that and they're often not, and besides there's no one that's going to look at individual fucking trees because they're 'monumental' anyway,
you also need to fill in a shit ton of paperwork to chop them down.
>and then fat cunts that are with the organisation come and take all of the useful wood and burn it.
luckily I managed to sneak out like 10 cubic metres worth of nice oak wood.
Congrats OP, it is an awesome job and career. Which state will you be working in?
It is an /out/ job but in a special way. You will get the opportunity to hike and just be outdoors a lot. And then there's the fires, where you get to go to all the places in the wilderness you could ever want to go... except it's on fire...
I hate to say it man but it sounds like you had a shitty experience, and an experience that I would say is the opposite of the norm. I'm a wildland firefighter for four years and I never not looked forward to going to work. The caveat being that the department may have a lot to do with it and I don't work for the USFS or one of the other federal agencies like it sounds like you may have or the OP. But, my job is never boring. If we're not on a major incident we are still always doing something... And we are an all risk department so while our main priority is vegetation fires, we still respond to medical, TCs, rescues and everything else. But we do prescribed burns, vegetation management projects, we hike all the time, get paid to lift weights. As far as major incidents go, I went to 13 major campaign fires this summer, and countless initial attack fires... we had surprisingly little down time.
Maybe it's dependent on state but here as long as you have a faller card, you can pretty much drop whatever is at or below your faller level. I have cut down countless trees this year, on and off of the fire line. We do sometimes, USFS included, call saw teams occasionally if there is a hazard tree that is out of the classification of anyone present, but that is rare. Most of the hand crews usually have a C-Tree Faller. There are some special cases where explosives or other special equipment is needed, but i don't see it often.
Pic related, my engine at a fire this summer. Best fire I've ever been on.