Firehouse.com Forum Rules & Guidelines

Forum Rules & Guidelines

Not Permitted or Tolerated:
• Advertising and/or links of commercial, for-profit websites, products, and/or services is not permitted. If you have a need to advertise on Firehouse.com please contact [email protected]
• Fighting/arguing
• Cyber-bullying
• Swearing
• Name-calling and/or personal attacks
• Spamming
• Typing in all CAPS
• “l33t speak” - Substituting characters for letters in an effort to represent a word or phrase. (example: M*****ive)
• Distribution of another person’s personal information, regardless of whether or not said information is public knowledge and whether or not an individual has permission to post said personal information
• Piracy advocation of any kind
• Racist, sexual, hate type defamatory, religious, political, or sexual commentary.
• Multiple forum accounts

Forum Posting Guidelines:

Posts must be on-topic, non-disruptive and relevant to the firefighting community. Post only in a mature and responsible way that contributes to the discussion at hand. Posting relevant information, helpful suggestions and/or constructive criticism is a great way to contribute to the community.

Post in the correct forum and have clear titles for your threads.

Please post in English or provide a translation.

There are moderators and admins who handle these forums with care, do not resort to self-help, instead please utilize the reporting option. Be mature and responsible for yourself and your posts. If you are offended by another member utilize the reporting option. All reported posts will be addressed and dealt with as deemed appropriate by Firehouse.com staff.

Firehouse.com Moderation Process:
Effective immediately, the following moderation process will take effect. User(s) whose posts are determined by Firehouse.com staff to be in violation of any of the rules above will EARN the following reprimand(s) in the moderation process:
1. An initial warning will be issued.
2. A Final Warning will be issued if a user is found to be in violation a second time.
3. A 3-day suspension will be issued if the user continues to break the forum rules.
4. A 45-day suspension will be issued if the user is found to be a habitual rule breaker.
5. Habitual rule breakers that have exhausted all of the above will receive a permanent life-time ban that will be strictly enforced. Reinstatement will not be allowed – there is no appeal process.

Subsequent accounts created in an effort to side-step the rules and moderation process are subject to automatic removal without notice. Firehouse.com reserves the right to expedite the reprimand process for any users as it is deemed necessary. Any user in the moderation process may be required to review and agree to by email the terms and conditions listed above before their account is re-instated (except for those that are banned).

Firehouse.com reserves the right to edit and/or remove any post or member, at any time, for any reason without notice. Firehouse.com also reserves the right to warn, suspend, and/or ban, any member, at any time, for any reason.

Firehouse.com values the active participation we have in our forums. Please ensure your posts are tasteful and tactful. Thank you very much for your cooperation.
See more
See less

Private Forestry Companies

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Private Forestry Companies

    Hello, I am new to this so please forgive any mistakes. For this summer I plan on working for a private wildland firefighting company, and I wasn't too sure how much I can count on being called onto fires, since this is an on call position. I realize that fire seasons can vary from year to year. Right now I am a college student and wanted to do firefighting over summer. So I was worried about the financial side of it, as I would need to find a place to live for the summer. If anyone has any experience with this I would appreciate any input.

    Thank you.

  • #2
    That is a very hard question to answer. Private contract companies have even more variables than working for an agency crew. Really best to talk to the company you are going to work for and hope for an honest answer.

    Some have contracts for initial attack and project work so can keep some employees working on a fairly regular basis regardless of the fire season.

    Oregon and Washington utilize contractors far more than most western states, so working for a contractor there will probably see you called out more frequently than in California which is a relatively low user of contract firefighting companies.

    They may have multiple contracts, Federal, State or even local government providing more opportunity to work.

    There is also often an order of activation. Agency crews typically follow a closest available, and agency over others preference (use their own first if available). Contractors on the other hand often use a best value system, so a contractor who is ranked high will get called first. In a slow season a contractor who is ranked high on the list may get called out repeatedly while those lower on the list sit. In a busy season this doesn't matter as much since everybody is out working.

    There is also the matter of management, large, experienced and well managed contractors know how the game is played so have done what they can to get high on the ordering list. Some guy who bought an engine and hired a couple of firefighters to get rich as a contract engine may be a good firefighter and bought good equipment but may not actually understand the administrative side of things to get the work. Not to say that there are not good small contractors, or bad large contractors there are good and bad of both.

    I expect this will be a busy season, but you never know. Good luck, and hope it works out for you.


    • #3
      Thank you for your reply. I have already talked with the company a few times, I just wanted to get a few different perspectives.


      300x600 Ad Unit (In-View)


      Upper 300x250