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December 20, 2006
Contact: George Aitchison 307-352-0339
Rey Adame 307-352-0399

BLM Firefighting Opportunities Now Available On-Line

The Western Zone BLM Fire Management Program recently conducted a recruitment drive for the 2007 fire season, at the Western Wyoming Community College (WWCC). “We wanted to provide folks with an opportunity to see who we are and what we do,” said George Aitchison, Fire Operations Supervisor for BLM’s Western Wyoming Fire Zone.

The Western Zone BLM Fire Management Program conducts the majority of its summer hiring in February each year with application and resume submissions opening on December 1st and ending in late January. For those who didn’t get the chance to visit the BLM Fire Program booth at the WWCC, they are encouraged to apply on-line at https://jobs.quickhire.com/scripts/doiff.exe.

“The Wyoming BLM Western Zone encompasses the Rock Springs, Kemmerer, and Pinedale Field Offices within southwestern Wyoming. We provide initial attack fire suppression on more than nine million acres of public land. We also provide support to local cooperators to an additional three million acres of private and state lands within our area. We average 90 initial attack fires a year locally, which is the highest of any BLM Fire Program within the State of Wyoming,” said Aitchison.

“We also have an aggressive Prescribed Fire Program which historically leads Wyoming in acres burned/treated each year. Our projects have incorporated the use helitorch, terra torch, and hand ignition operations to successfully and safely accomplish landscape treatments for the BLM field offices. It is not uncommon for the Western Zone staff to be assigned outside the area to assist other agencies in accomplishing their projects,” Aitchison added. This in turn, allows the Western Zone Fire Program to broaden the experience and knowledge of its personnel.

The Western Zone offers Fire Program employees government housing in the Rock Springs BLM complex at a minimal cost. This facility includes sleeping quarters, kitchen facilities, dinning room, showers, and a common room.

“Our Western Zone Fire Program has also established detail opportunities that other programs may or may not have. We provide outside of our Zone detail opportunities with local helitack and Interagency Hotshot Crews. These details enhance our firefighters’ experience and knowledge, and also support the Southern Wyoming Interagency Type 2 Initial Attack (IA) Handcrew that is available throughout the fire season nationwide.

For more information on the BLM Western Zone’s Fire Program career opportunities, contact George Aitchison, Fire Operations Supervisor at 307-352- 0339 or your local BLM Field Office.