- Oct. 25-28, 2018
- Nov. 17-20, 2018
- Dec. 13-16, 2018
- Jan. 3-6, 2019
- Jan. 31 - Feb. 3, 2019
- Feb. 28 - Mar. 3, 2019
- Apr. 4-7, 2019
- Apr. 25-28, 2019
- May 16-19, 2019
- June 6-9, 2019
- June 27-30, 2019
- July 11-14, 2019
- Aug. 1-4, 2019
- Aug. 22-25, 2019
- Sep. 12-15, 2019
- Oct. 3-6, 2019
- Oct. 24-27, 2019
- Nov. 14-17, 2019
- Dec. 12-15, 2019
Cost: $550 includes
tuition, books, meals & lodging. Agency sponsorship
is not required. The pack
test is offered during each class, typically on Saturday. Apply online now.
List of items needed for class is posted with S-130/190 class details.
Daily bus service to Salida departs from downtown Denver at 1:45 pm with a one-way cost of about $29 on the Bustang, Gunnison-Denver route. Light rail train service departs every 15 minutes on RTD University of Colorado A Line between Denver International Airport and Union Station in downtown Denver, with a ticket cost of $9 each way. Schedule your flight arrival time for 11:30 am or earlier on the day prior to your class start for the bus connections to Salida. Extra night of lodging costs $25. Firecamp staff will pick-up and drop-off students at the bus stop in Salida at no charge.
Introduction to ICS
S-130/190 Firefighter Training
and Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior
How to Find Work as a Wildland Firefighter
Step #1. Decide how much you really want this.
Be prepared to make that decision again, from time to time. There are
sacrifices that accompany the rewards of being a firefighter. Only you
can say if it's all worth it.
Step #2. Be a good worker.
Just about any employer can tell you the same line: “Everybody
is looking for a job these days, but nobody's looking for work.”
There are a couple ways to prove to a fire supervisor that you are
a good worker. One is by joining a volunteer fire departement (and,
of course, be a contributing member.) Or, if you're between the ages
of 16-25, consider joining a youth corps program. Here's
a map of Colorado Youth Corps Association programs.
We have provided wildfire training for the following programs:
Step #3. Be a good learner.
Ask questions. Admit readily when you don't know something.
Step #4. Make contact.
For every application you submit on-line, you should make contact with
each supervisor. Visit in person, if possible, or at least by phone.
Make sure they can contact you with minimal effort when they make a
decision in a couple weeks.
Step #5. Be persistant.
The best way to explain this is with a story from an unknown author:
Farmer and the Donkey
a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously
for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally,
he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered
up anyway. He reckoned it just wasn't worth the effort to retrieve
So, he invited all
his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel
and began to shovel dirt into the well.
At first, the donkey
realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's
amazement he quieted down.
A few shovel loads
later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished
at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the
donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and
take a step up. As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel
dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step
Pretty soon, everyone
was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well
and happily trotted off!
Life is going to shovel
dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the
well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles
is a stepping-stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just
by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step
Remember the five simple
rules to be happy:
- Free your heart
- Free your mind
- Live simply.
- Give more.
- Expect less
Oh, and one other thing....
The donkey later came
back kicked the crap out of the farmer who had tried to bury him.
Which brings me to another moral of this story: If you try to
cover your ass, it always comes back get you.