Wildland Seasonal Firefighter

Each wildland fire season Berthoud Fire hires a complement of seasonal wildland firefighters and/or temporary full time wildland firefighters to staff the Wildland Fire Cooperator program. As a National Wildland Coordinating Group Cooperator, BFPD regularly sends wildland engines and crews to wildfires across the country. Members of the crew can be deployed for as long as 21 days and engaged in firefighting or structure protection on some of the largest wildfire incidents in the U.S.
Interested persons must be able to commit to a minimum 14 day deployment to be eligible.

Berthoud Fire’s new temporary-full-time/seasonal position is a guaranteed 40 hours per week from March 1st through October 31st.

The recruitment process, which is typically held each January, includes interviews, background check, physical exam, and a pack test. Candidates are required to be Red Card S-130/S-190/L-180 and Faller 3/A certified. Some on the job experience is desirable. Engine Bosses are preferred. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is furnished from the BFPD quartermaster.

Temporary Full Time Wildland Firefighters will conduct fuel mitigation in Berthoud and will deploy for up to two plus week deployments.

*Optional temporary housing available

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Lead Firefighter Description   – Wildland Seasonal
Hourly Salary: $20-23, based on qualifications
The Lead Firefighter is responsible for assisting the Wildland Program Coordinator, Ops Chief, and on duty personnel with fire suppression operations, mitigation projects, and additional wildland related duties as assigned.
Title to which this position reports: Operations Chief
Titles that report to this position: Temporary Full Time Wildland Seasonal

Examples of Duties

  1. Participate in fire suppression operations
  2. Participate in fire crew physical training (PT) sessions
  3. Manage and maintain, and repair equipment, supplies, and vehicles related to wildland fire
  4. Participate in forest restoration and fuels mitigation activities
  5. Participate in fire assignment dispatches locally, regionally, and nationally
  6. Be available for on-call assignment 24/7, holidays and weekends; overtime will likely be required
  7. Attend all mandatory trainings
  8. Teach and assist with fire-related trainings and courses as needed
  9. Performs related work as required, and other duties as assigned

To serve, to care, to support
Guiding Principles
Integrity, Innovation, Tradition, Stewardship, Professionalism, and People

Required Qualifications

Age:  Must be 21 years of age or older
Physical:  Must be able to pass the Work Capacity Test (WCT):  3.0 mile walk on level ground while carrying a 45 lbs pack in 45 minutes or less
Education: High School Diploma and/or equivalent.
Experience: Must have a valid driver’s license. Must have a current NWCG recognized Red Card. Preferred at least 2 season of firefighting experience at the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2) qualification or greater. Similar outdoor work experience may be substituted (e.g. prescribed fire, trails, fuels crew, other field work).

Desired Qualifications: Preferred qualified as an NWCG Faller 2 (B), NWCG qualified Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1),Eng-B (or willing to initiate task book)  Experience with wildfire portable pumps.
Special Requirement: Must be National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliant within 4 months of filling the position. Must be first-aid and CPR certified within 4 months of filling position. Opportunities for training will be provided.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of principles, practices and objectives as related to wildfire behavior, hazardous fuels reduction, and mitigation techniques in a wildfire safety program. Ability to work proactively in a team environment. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Ability to deal with stress effectively and perform well under pressure.

Supplemental Information

 The Berthoud Fire Protection District operates as a combination fire/rescue district in Northern Colorado, as well as a wildland fire cooperator for local, regional, and national wildfire incidents.  As such, the District is responsible for suppression of grass and wildland fires within the 104 square miles of the District, including the wildland urban interface (WUI). BFPD also closely assists local volunteer and paid fire departments with suppression needs.
The District includes Carter Lake recreation area and is a gateway to a variety of tourist attractions in the foothills and Rocky Mountains.

Firefighting is a hazardous work environment. Work is performed outdoors for sustained periods in hot, cold, and inclement weather.  Work exposes the employee to conditions such as smoke, fumes, noxious odors, dusts, mists, gases, and poor ventilation.  Work exposes the employee to possible bodily injury from extreme temperatures, moving mechanical parts of equipment, tools or machinery.  Work requires use of protective devices such as masks, eye protection, helmets, ear protection, and gloves.  Work exposes the employee to unknown dangerous, and/or life-threatening conditions.  Work exposes the employee to possible bodily injury from heat, smoke, flames, and exhaustion.  

Physical Demands of the Job:

  1. VISION: Dual vision is required:  20/20 minimum, natural or corrected, in both eyes and have minimum peripheral vision of 700 in both eyes. Frequently uses peripheral vision to observe and monitor conditions such as equipment, fire, weather conditions, as well as drive motor vehicles.  Constantly is required to differentiate, shapes, distances and sizes of objects, people, and animals.
  2. HEARING: Dual hearing is required, natural or corrected. Good hearing is required in performing a majority of the tasks. Constantly uses hearing to distinguish the source and content of a wide variety of sounds. Constantly uses hearing to monitor and use a radio and telephone to communicate with the dispatch center, other co-workers, firefighters, officers, and the public. Occasionally must hear people verbally communicating or calling/yelling for help from a distance of 100 feet.
  3. SENSE OF SMELL: Intact. Occasionally uses the olfactory sense to evaluate the presence of toxic vapors, smoke, and fuels.  Seldom uses the olfactory sense to detect illegal use of drugs or chemicals.
  4. SPEECH: Must be able to fluently speak and understand English. Constantly uses voice to communicate with other persons. Frequently verbally directs co-workers or the public with what to do using a louder than normal speaking voice. Seldom must talk or yell while wearing a gas mask or self-contained breathing apparatus.
  5. SITTING: Sitting is performed on an occasional basis. Sitting occurs during training sessions and while driving when necessary.
  6. STANDING/WALKING/RUNNING/STOOPING: Standing/walking/running/stooping occurs on frequent basis depending on the assignment and could be in mountainous areas.  Frequently must walk, stand, crouch, or run on narrow, slippery surfaces, and ascend uneven terrain or rocky surfaces.
  7. LIFTING/CARRYING/PUSHING/PULLING: Frequently lifts, carries, pushes, pulls, or otherwise moves objects weighing up to 50 pounds.  Uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity.
  8. TWISTING/TURNING AT THE WAIST AND NECK: Twisting/turning at the waist and neck occurs on an occasional to frequent basis. This motion is performed while driving vehicles and utilizing tools and equipment.  The fire crew members are required to demonstrate the ability to twist, while seated in a motor vehicle, sufficient enough to see into and out of the back area of the vehicle.
  9. Seldom:  Activity or condition does not exist on a daily basis.
  10. Occasionally:  Activity or condition exists less than 1/3 of work shift.
  11. Frequently:  Activity or condition exists from 1/2 to 2/3 of work shift.
  12. Constant:  Activity or condition exists more than 2/3 of work shift.