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GOLETA, CA, August 30, 2017 – Los Padres National Forest officials announced that the deadline for applications for the 2017 Women In Wildfire Training Camp is Sunday, September 18, 2017.

The Forest Service is seeking highly motivated females to attend this introductory fire career awareness camp which will include training designed for entry level firefighters. Individuals selected for the program will gain basic knowledge of the Incident Management, firefighting techniques, suppression equipment, safety, strategy, and tactics, as well as fire behavior. Field exercises will be part of this valuable hands-on training. Participants will also receive leadership and career development training.

The Women in Wildfire Basic Training Camp will begin Sunday, December 10, 2017, and conclude Friday, December 15, 2017. This 6 day, 5 night event will be hosted in Santa Barbara, California, and full attendance is mandatory. If selected, participants will be paid for the training and physical fitness test portion of the camp. Participants will stay overnight in cabins, and meals will be provided throughout the week.

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Participants of the program will be highly competitive for wildland firefighter positions upon completion of the training camp. These entry-level positions provide support to wildland fire operations over the summer. Firefighters safely engage in wildland fire suppression and emergency response operation activities. They travel and work up to 14 and possibly 21 day assignments, including out of the state. The work consists of hiking, carrying heavy equipment, operating fire apparatus, working near heavy machinery, and using hand tools such as shovels, Pulaskis, and chainsaws, sometimes in highly stressful situations.

For more information, select the following link to the Outreach Notice, or visit our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/lpnf, and select the following link: Women In Wildfire Training Camp outreach and application. (https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/lpnf/home/?cid=stelprdb5348823&width=full) Interested applicants can also contact Los Padres Equal Employment Specialist Julissa Gonzalez at (805) 680-4559 or LPFJobs@fs.fed.us.