Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program

The Wildland Firefighter Apprentice Program is an educational program designed to enhance and develop future Fire and Aviation Managers.

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01/13/2022

With the welcome of 2022 starts another year of Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Academy! The agency takes great care in taking time to recruit, train, and educate future wildland firefighters. This year’s first round of Basic Academy students are spending their initial week learning agency business practices, lessons learned from past experience, and participating in a Career Development day, to ask questions to current agency firefighting cadre. We are excited to begin what will hopefully be a successful training season for WFAP.

With the welcome of 2022 starts another year of Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Academy! The agency takes great care in taking time to recruit, train, and educate future wildland firefighters. This year’s first round of Basic Academy students are spending their initial week learning agency business practices, lessons learned from past experience, and participating in a Career Development day, to ask questions to current agency firefighting cadre. We are excited to begin what will hopefully be a successful training season for WFAP.

12/23/2021

Happy Holidays from all of us at the WFAP! We hope you are enjoying some much earned time off with your family and friends.

Happy Holidays from all of us at the WFAP! We hope you are enjoying some much earned time off with your family and friends.

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In case you haven't yet seen the memo regarding the cancellation of the fall academies please follow this link to our homepage on the Wildland Fire Learning Portal.

We chose to cancel the fall academies on September 17th because of the...."Continuing high levels of fire danger and commitment of personnel and resources across the nation, in addition to uncertainties related to travel and employee safety during this stage of COVID-19, has impacted the planning and coordination processes for Basic Academy 82 and Advanced Academy 83".

There will be room in the currently scheduled academies to accommodate the students who were set to attend this fall.

We look forward to see all of the apprentices in the New Year!

https://wildlandfirelearningportal.net/course/view.php?id=326§ion=1

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Hiring & Recruitment Events | US Forest Service 08/30/2021

Hiring & Recruitment Events | US Forest Service

Happy Monday! Join the webinar tomorrow August 31st @ 3 MDT for a Q and A with a Wildland Firefighter Apprentice and some of the WFAP staff. Follow the link below to join the webinar. Come with all your questions and get them answered. Hope to see you tomorrow.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/working-with-us/jobs/events

Hiring & Recruitment Events | US Forest Service Upcoming Hiring Events To see a full calendar of our webinars and hiring events, please visit our Hiring Events Calendar. Careers in Wildland Fire Wildland firefighting vacancies are open for applicants year-round. Please visit the Careers in Wildland Fire page for more information.

Forestry Technician (Fire Apprentice) 08/28/2021

Forestry Technician (Fire Apprentice)

You can now apply to become an apprentice on usajobs.com! Applications are open August 25 - September 10th.

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/611741000

Forestry Technician (Fire Apprentice) Job Corps graduates of fire certified programs are encouraged to apply. This position is located on a USDA Forest Service Unit in the Pacific Southwest Region, Region 5, on a wildland fire crew. This position serves as a skilled firefighter on an engine, helitack module, or hand cr...

Hiring & Recruitment Events | US Forest Service 08/17/2021

Hiring & Recruitment Events | US Forest Service

Tips for Job Seekers webinar this afternoon at 1500 MDT - 1600 MDT on TEAMS. Follow this link https://www.fs.usda.gov/working-with-us/jobs/events to access the webinar TEAMS link.

I'll be on (Emily) from the WFAP to help answer any questions. Hope to see you there!

Hiring & Recruitment Events | US Forest Service Current Hiring Events To see a full calendar of our webinars and hiring events, please visit our Hiring Events Calendar. Wildland Firefighter Apprentice Program Jobs Open August 25 - September 10

08/12/2021

Hiring for apprentice positions will be from Aug. 25 - Sept. 10 on www.usajobs.gov

To help you prepare for applying, the USFS Human Resource Team is hosting various webinars, one of which is today August 12 from 3 -4 MST, Navigating USAJOBS

Follow this link to attend today's webinar and see the upcoming webinars. All webinars will be held on Microsoft Teams.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/working-with-us/jobs/events

Hiring for apprentice positions will be from Aug. 25 - Sept. 10 on www.usajobs.gov

To help you prepare for applying, the USFS Human Resource Team is hosting various webinars, one of which is today August 12 from 3 -4 MST, Navigating USAJOBS

Follow this link to attend today's webinar and see the upcoming webinars. All webinars will be held on Microsoft Teams.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/working-with-us/jobs/events

08/05/2021

This day in history.....

#ThisDayInHistory 1949, 15 smokejumpers and a fire guard were overrun by the Mann Gulch Fire on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest in Montana. Only three of them survived. Take time to read today's 6 Minutes For Safety and learn from this tragedy. → https://www.nwcg.gov/committee/6mfs/mann-gulch

08/05/2021

We are still in need of staff to assist in implementing our upcoming Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program Academies. There are opportunities to work in logistics, as an assistant single resource boss and single resource boss. It's a great way to work on your taskbook and provide mentorship to apprentices. The only requirement is that you are a current federal employee as permanent seasonal or full time. Here is the link to the application https://wildlandfirelearningportal.net/course/view.php?id=922§ion=0
You will need to log in to the Wildland Fire Learning Portal to apply. If you have any questions reach out!

We are still in need of staff to assist in implementing our upcoming Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program Academies. There are opportunities to work in logistics, as an assistant single resource boss and single resource boss. It's a great way to work on your taskbook and provide mentorship to apprentices. The only requirement is that you are a current federal employee as permanent seasonal or full time. Here is the link to the application https://wildlandfirelearningportal.net/course/view.php?id=922§ion=0
You will need to log in to the Wildland Fire Learning Portal to apply. If you have any questions reach out!

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While fire season is in full swing, we are helping to support the effort as well planning for the next academy training season.

We are changing up the academy schedules this year to include one week of virtual training followed by 2 -2.5 weeks of in person learning to include working through the weekends.

The intent of the change is to allow for more of a work life balance so as not to have apprentices away from home for longer than needed. Head over to our home page on the Wildland Fire Learning Portal to see the academy schedule as well as the memo regarding this schedule change.

https://wildlandfirelearningportal.net/course/view.php?id=326§ion=3

https://wildlandfirelearningportal.net/course/view.php?id=326§ion=1

If you have any questions reach out! Stay safe out on the line and we look forward to seeing all of you apprentices this training season!

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With fire season preparedness, comes our planning season for FY22 training season. Hard to believe it's already here!

We are currently looking for highly motived people who desire to mentor and teach apprentices, to become a part of our large temporary staff we need every training season.

You must be a federal employee to apply. If you are interested head over to the Wildland Fire Learning Portal to apply. If you have any questions let us know @ [email protected]

https://wildlandfirelearningportal.net/course/view.php?id=922§ion=0

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05/04/2021

Fighting for Firefighter Safety

With training season wrapping up we start to move into preparing for fire season which means taking an annual fire refresher. A few of us on staff are currently taking our fire refresher and wanted to share some resources you may find helpful.

WFSTAR : https://www.nwcg.gov/publications/training-courses/rt-130/operations/op820

Mental Health Subcommittee : https://www.nwcg.gov/committees/mental-health-subcommittee

Fighting for Firefighter Safety : https://arcdev-singleton.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=d87883bda7c84d5b90b30e53f418a979&utm_source=Western+Cohesive+Strategy+News&utm_campaign=67fbdf15cc-Cohesive_Wildland_Fire_Strategy_Western_1_5_2018_C&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_46a4d00425-67fbdf15cc-208615877

Fighting for Firefighter Safety

04/10/2021

As we close out the final day of the final 2021 Academy, we want to express gratitude to everyone who helped make this program a success in one of its most difficult years. It took extra coordination and effort by all involved, from the WFAP staff, assigned IMTs, cadre supporting the courses, and especially the students. In an unprecedented year, we were able to pull off an incredible feat of completing four completely virtual academies.

Some words from one of the students of this year’s academy: “I like the focus on mental health, which has a huge stigma and not equal acceptance among all crews. Hopefully we can shift the fire world to be a healthier place.”

As we close out the final day of the final 2021 Academy, we want to express gratitude to everyone who helped make this program a success in one of its most difficult years. It took extra coordination and effort by all involved, from the WFAP staff, assigned IMTs, cadre supporting the courses, and especially the students. In an unprecedented year, we were able to pull off an incredible feat of completing four completely virtual academies.

Some words from one of the students of this year’s academy: “I like the focus on mental health, which has a huge stigma and not equal acceptance among all crews. Hopefully we can shift the fire world to be a healthier place.”

04/09/2021

As the end of Basic Academy nears, students put their learned knowledge to the test today. In their designated teams, the students were given various real-life scenarios to work through. Scenarios encourage discussion and aid strategic planning, while also stimulating discourse. This provides the cadre a chance to visualize the strengths and weaknesses of each apprentice. At the end of the mock scenario, the cadre and students break down the decisions made by the students, and also compare them to what happened during the real event. It benefits both the students in gaining experience, and the cadre in seeing new ways to improve on the exercises and on their own decision-making. After the long days and hard work dedicated to this Academy, it’s rewarding to see the apprentices succeed.

As the end of Basic Academy nears, students put their learned knowledge to the test today. In their designated teams, the students were given various real-life scenarios to work through. Scenarios encourage discussion and aid strategic planning, while also stimulating discourse. This provides the cadre a chance to visualize the strengths and weaknesses of each apprentice. At the end of the mock scenario, the cadre and students break down the decisions made by the students, and also compare them to what happened during the real event. It benefits both the students in gaining experience, and the cadre in seeing new ways to improve on the exercises and on their own decision-making. After the long days and hard work dedicated to this Academy, it’s rewarding to see the apprentices succeed.

04/07/2021

Today Guest Speaker Paul Cerda spoke to the Basic Academy students about the importance of career diversity. He encouraged students to work in many aspects of wildland fire to have a better understanding of the entire process from Dispatch to Public Information. Networking and expanding skills to all areas of Incident Management increases success. Having a breadth of experience will help candidates progress through their fire career, to be a well-rounded candidate for moving up in the agency.

The biggest take-away from this veteran firefighter was his advice on work/life balance. Each fire, each tragedy, each loss takes its toll. The reality is that this is a difficult career path, and it’s important to know when and how to take a step back.

“Everybody talks about ‘putting on your game face’ and gearing up. Nobody talks about taking it off.” -- Paul Cerda

Photo Credit: Wildland firefighter working on the Lionshead Fire in 2020

Today Guest Speaker Paul Cerda spoke to the Basic Academy students about the importance of career diversity. He encouraged students to work in many aspects of wildland fire to have a better understanding of the entire process from Dispatch to Public Information. Networking and expanding skills to all areas of Incident Management increases success. Having a breadth of experience will help candidates progress through their fire career, to be a well-rounded candidate for moving up in the agency.

The biggest take-away from this veteran firefighter was his advice on work/life balance. Each fire, each tragedy, each loss takes its toll. The reality is that this is a difficult career path, and it’s important to know when and how to take a step back.

“Everybody talks about ‘putting on your game face’ and gearing up. Nobody talks about taking it off.” -- Paul Cerda

Photo Credit: Wildland firefighter working on the Lionshead Fire in 2020

04/06/2021

Teaching the apprentices about the skills it takes to be a wildland firefighter is the main focus of the Academy. However, the decision of which type of wildland firefighter to be is one of the foremost areas that affect each student. Today in the Basic Academy, guest speakers addressed the students about the different opportunities that exist within the wildland firefighting arena. The apprentices were able to ask questions and learn from the experiences of these current firefighters, and what a job in different areas may mean for them. Overall, it was an engaging session to further advance the student’s awareness of their career path.

Teaching the apprentices about the skills it takes to be a wildland firefighter is the main focus of the Academy. However, the decision of which type of wildland firefighter to be is one of the foremost areas that affect each student. Today in the Basic Academy, guest speakers addressed the students about the different opportunities that exist within the wildland firefighting arena. The apprentices were able to ask questions and learn from the experiences of these current firefighters, and what a job in different areas may mean for them. Overall, it was an engaging session to further advance the student’s awareness of their career path.

04/06/2021

One of the most effective ways to educate new firefighters is to use examples of previous experience from former (or current) firefighters. Yesterday students in the Basic Academy were taught what “Lessons Learned” really means. Often the idea of an investigation has a negative connotation, as if trying to find fault. The idea of Lessons Learned is inherent in the title… to learn from the incident in hopes of preventing it from happening again. It includes the following steps:
*Inquiry—Let go of the notion that we already know what we need to know
*Opportunity—Create opportunities for firefighters to teach and learn
*Dialogue—Talk with others about learning

If we get down to the root causes of incidents, we can use these lessons to educate future firefighters.

One of the most effective ways to educate new firefighters is to use examples of previous experience from former (or current) firefighters. Yesterday students in the Basic Academy were taught what “Lessons Learned” really means. Often the idea of an investigation has a negative connotation, as if trying to find fault. The idea of Lessons Learned is inherent in the title… to learn from the incident in hopes of preventing it from happening again. It includes the following steps:
*Inquiry—Let go of the notion that we already know what we need to know
*Opportunity—Create opportunities for firefighters to teach and learn
*Dialogue—Talk with others about learning

If we get down to the root causes of incidents, we can use these lessons to educate future firefighters.

Jon Kelso Award 04/03/2021

Jon Kelso Award

Today marks the final day of Advanced Academy 82. An awards ceremony was held, honoring all of the graduates. All ___ students completed and passed the course.

As is tradition with each Advanced Academy, the Jon Kelso Award was given to the student who showed the most promise, excelled in the aptitude sections of the academy, and was voted on by his/her peers. We want to congratulate this year’s award recipient David “Alan” Verona, Jr with the Cascade Wildland Fire Module on the Boise National Forest. To learn more about the award and the meaning behind it, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zbqh2XSdIcc
Thank you to all the cadre and students for the hard work and dedication to making completing another year of successful Wildland Firefighter Advanced Apprenticeship Academy.

Jon Kelso Award

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