Whether thinning a pine forest or protecting communities from wildfire,
men and women who work in wildland fire have to think on their feet
and work as a team. Rookie firefighters learn how to use two-way
radios, build fireline, mop up hot spots, and rehabilitate areas
after the fire is out. Advanced firefighters learn more, particularly
how to conduct firing operations. In firing operations, firefighters
ignite controlled fires to restore fire-adapted ecosystems, reduce
flammable fuels, and even manage wildfires. Firefighters must follow
a chain of a command and be able to hike long distances and carry
supplies. All firefighters are trained to make safety the highest
priority. There are a variety of jobs in wildland fire.
The Forest Service and its interagency
partners employ hotshot crews to help manage complex wildfires.
Read more on Hotshots.
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