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Apply on-line now for Colorado Firecamp's upcoming S-130/190 Basic Firefighter classes:

  • ***roster full - March 10-13, 2022 - waitlist***
  • Apirl 7-10, 2022
  • April 28-May 1, 2022
  • May 12-15, 2022
  • June 2-5, 2022
  • June 30-July 3, 2022
  • July 21-24, 2022
  • August 11-14, 2022
  • September 8-11, 2022

Cost: $575 includes tuition, books, meals & lodging. Agency sponsorship is not required. 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.

Information about finding a job as a wildland firefighter.

South Canyon Fire witness statement — Tony Petrilli, 1994

Introduction to ICS

S-130 Instructor Evaluation

Firefighter 2 Tasks

Interagency Media Guidelines for Wildland Fires—March, 2004

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:

The Farmer and the Donkey

One day 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 the donkey.

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 up.

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 up!

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

    1. Free your heart from hatred.
    2. Free your mind from worries.
    3. Live simply.
    4. Give more.
    5. 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.







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