Nevada Wildland Firefighting

Nevada Wildland Firefighting


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exciting music Narrator: Every year thousands of wildfires burn in
the united States. In 2017, more than a million acres burned
across Nevada. The BLM Nevada fire program is one of the
largest in the US. Here you will be pushed to your physical and
mental limits. Your future begins here. Rookie school is the first step to becoming
a wildland firefighter. New recruits begin with a challenging week
of both classroom and physical training that is all designed to prepare them for the fire
season. Speaker: So far my favorite part about Rookie School
is that I like being out and camping, last night was great I slept without a tent, stared
at the stars all night long. You learn it in the classroom and you see
it on the board and then you get out here and you have to apply it. The biggest thing is remembering
that you have to apply it in certain situations. For me its the fact that there’s so much to
remember and there’s so much you can do right and so much you can do wrong. It’s kinda hard to balance it out. And also the physical part, the physical part
is real hard. Narrator: Engine crews are often the first resources
called into a wildfire and the backbone to the firefighter program. Engine crews carry 3-5 firefighters and up
to 2,000 gallons of water that can be utilized to supress the fire. Speaker: “I’m an engine captain for the Southern Nevada
District BLM and one of the reasons I love this job it’s really a brotherhood once you
get to know all of the people that you work with, you got eachothers back. We sweat, we cry, we bleed together every
season so it’s kinda what keeps me coming back every year. Having a solid head on your shoulders. You are going to be dealing with a lot of
situations that you have never dealt with in your life before. Narrator:Hot shots are among the most elite firefighters
in the wildland fire community. They pride themselves on their physical fitness
and ability to go into the most rugged terrain and active areas of a fire. Speaker:I’m Jesse Hopkin I’m a crew member on Vegas
Valley. It’s my second season. So I believe what makes the job exciting is
getting out there on the fire line with all of your guys and just getting right there
when you are doing direct line and the flames right there. You get your adrenaline going working hard. Theres nothing better than that your blood
is flowing it’s pumping. You’re just digging and some of these dudes
yelling and screaming. Pretty savage! Narrator:Helitack crews are some of the most versatile
in the wildland fire community. They are highly qualified firefighters that
are able to be flown into inaccessible areas of a fire and have the ability to transport
personnel, cargo, or water. Speaker:My name is Sadie Hines and I work for the
BLM on the helicopter crew out of Las Vegas. The crew as a whole is just you know different
personalities and all different walks of life. So it’s really cool because of the experience. I would definitely say talk to the people
who have been in fire for a bit. It’s really cool to be around guys and women
who know fire. You know learn as much as you can from these
types of people. Narrator: A career in wildland firefighting can be invigorating,
rewarding and challenging. Make the choice and join us. Apply here at blm.gov/careers.

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