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January 16, 2020



Trainees Sought to Battle Wildfires
The Delaware Forest Service is looking for motivated recruits to enroll in upcoming wildfire training classes.
There is no cost for training and no previous experience needed. Classes will be held over two weekends (February 1 and 2, and February 15 and 16) at the Delaware Department of Agriculture headquarters in Camden.
Candidates must be over 18-years-old, physically fit, able to travel, and dedicate at least two continuous weeks to firefighting, usually in the summer. Attendance at all classes is required to achieve "red card" certification from the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG).
Students can register by filling out the online registration form by January 31. Complete details can be found at
Students who complete the core set of courses are eligible to attend "Fire Camp" -- an intensive, hands-on, one-day seminar held in the spring of 2020. Students must also complete a "work capacity" or "pack test" -- carrying a 45-pound pack over a three-mile course in 45 minutes or less -- to receive their NWCG "red card" and participate on out-of-state fire assignments.
While all firefighters volunteer for out-of-state assignments, all positions are fully paid. A typical 16-day tour of duty will usually average between 220 and 250 working hours or about $4,500 for an entry-level (firefighter Type 2) position.
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