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Need some advice on getting into wildland firefighting

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  • Need some advice on getting into wildland firefighting

    Hello all,

    A little background on myself. I am 25, married, two kids, Marine Corps veteran, and current college student. I?ve been interested in wildland firefighting since I was still in the military. Right now I?m living in Kansas City working for a private security company. I would still like to get into wildland firefighting somehow. My wife and I plan to move to Michigan in a few years, where she?s from. I have no prior experience in wildland or structural. My main question is what can I do now to set myself up to get hired by the Forest Service or DNR in Michigan, which would be ideal. I was thinking either changing my major to something forestry related, or trying to get a job with KCFD to get experience. As much as I?d like to pack up and move west, it?s not entirely practical in my current situation. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    - Joey

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    I know the DNR and FS have sent crews out west during the season but they?re nowhere near as busy as the western crews. From what I?ve gathered they do a lot more prescribed burns in Michigan. I?m not opposed to doing city work at all. I?m just more interested in wildland because I enjoy being outside in the woods.


    • #3
      Well being in the woods isn?t the only reason I?m interested in wildland fire. I still want to do something in public service and something with a little excitement.


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