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

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  • Here and there
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    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.

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  • andrew-b
    started a topic Private Forestry Companies

    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.

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