Women in Wildfire Basic Training Camp

September 11, 2017

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Monday, September 18, 2017

The U.S. Forest Service, Los Padres National Forest, is seeking highly motivated females interested in a career
in firefighting to participate in our Women in Wildfire Basic Training Camp. This camp is geared toward
providing a bridge for female and underrepresented groups to wildland firefighting careers which they may
not have otherwise been aware of. Participants will learn about careers in wildland fire with the Forest Service
through basic firefighter training and leadership development. Individuals selected for this opportunity will be
provided with a comprehensive wildland fire orientation, professional development, formal firefighter training,
as well as certification and physical agility training. Upon completion of the training, participants are highly
competitive for wildland fire positions.

Last year the Los Padres National Forest hosted its third annual Women In Wildfire Training Camp, of which 23
participants were selected and successfully completed the training camp. At least 14 of the 23 graduates (%60)
have been selected and offered firefighting positions throughout the west coast. To date, a total of 64
participants have graduated from the program and at least 26 graduates have worked or received employment
offers to work in firefighting positions and for the Forest Service since completing the training.

Camp Schedule and Location
This year’s 4th Annual Women in Wildfire Basic Training Camp will begin Sunday, December 10, 2017, and conclude Friday, December 15, 2017. The 6 day, 5 night Camp will be hosted in Santa Barbara, California. Training will include classroom and hands-on field exercises. Participants will be provided with personal protective equipment and line gear. They will be taken on hikes to simulate activities that wildland firefighters regularly perform to gain a better understanding of the physical demands of the job. Full attendance is mandatory, and selected participants must participate and be present all 6 days and 5 nights of the camp. If selected, participants will be paid for the training and physical fitness test portion of the camp. Our goal is for the location and surrounding area to be an ideal setting for this event. A large grass field will be used as a classroom and will serve as the physical and outdoor training area. The location will offer room and board for participants and cadre. Participants will be staying in cabins and gathering at a large hall with commercial kitchen staffed with cooks to provide meals throughout the week.

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