Students learn the basic concepts of wildland fire, topography, fuels, weather, safety, the Incident Command System, and suppression techniques in the classroom. Students are also in the field for a full day on the Tahoe National Forest working with the tools and techniques for fighting wildland fire.
Tonya Blasingame from the Eldorado National Forest and Jecobie Waters from the Tahoe National Forest have been the main Forest Service coordinators to build this program over the last 5 years. This program helps our veterans to transition back into civilian careers as civil servants in the wildland firefighting community. Because of their previous federal service they are able to move into the Forest Service relatively easily.
For more information Work for Warrior’s program go to http://workforwarriors.org. Visit the Eldorado National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado to learn about your local national forest.
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