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Forest service to cal fire inmate captain

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  • Forest service to cal fire inmate captain

    I am a forest service employee I have 5 seasons hotshot experience & 2 seasons as a smokejumper. Qualifications: firefighter 1 academy, EMT-B, FFT1, B faller, IC5, Crewboss. I would like to become a permenant employee with Cal fire. I have an associates and bachelors in business. How much will pursuing a fire science degree help me? How difficult is transitioning from the forest service to an inmate captain with Cal- fire? Would becoming a seasonal be a better route to a permenant position? Can a FS employee lateral to a permenant position with Cal Fire?

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    You can but it is tricky and does not happen often anymore. Back around 2006-08 they had an open list which they took a bunch of open list laterals.
    Now they typically have to exhaust their current promotional list first before then move to the open list. It is much easier to become seasonal then LT FAE, then perm, then move to capt.

    I was a former perm FS with 8 years, crew boss, ICT4, dozer boss, GS7, bachelors, and yadda... the FS time helped a ton. I eventually got an offer as a LT FAE after two seasons with his kind of rare.

    Also you should talk to some guys who made the transitions over. Some love it, while myself really hated it for various reasons. In the end i ended up going to a city department and am much happier because of it.

    If you have any more questions feel free to msg me, I can give you my number and give you all the pros and cons, why this and that if you like over the phone.
    Last edited by lamjam; 09-07-2017, 08:02 PM.


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