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Positions are located throughout Idaho.
This is an open continuous announcement. The first cut-off date will be November 15. Recruitment will continue through the closing date to fill positions as they become vacant. Certificates of eligibles will continue to be issued as the need occurs. It is to your advantage to apply early.
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- This position serves as a lead wildland firefighter on a wildland fire engine.
- Drives and operates a wildland fire engine, positioning the engine for proper use and operation.
- Personally performs and directs others in starting pump engine, priming pump, adjusting engine speed and pump valves, laying hose, and using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustment in effective use of water and additives.
- Ensures the engine is kept in a full state of readiness for emergency fire dispatch.
- Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents.
- Makes initial evaluation of fire situations, determines rate of spread, potential hazards to property and other improvements, suppression method to use, hose lays, deployment of crew, point of initial attack, type of tools to use and application of water.
- Participates in wildland fire and safety training in the techniques, practices, and methods of fire suppression and in the safe, efficient operation and use of tools, equipment, and vehicles used in fire suppression activities, with emphasis on those used for the particular function assigned.
Physical Demands: Duties involve rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring at least average agility and dexterity. Passage of a pre-employment physical is required. You must also pass the work capacity test for arduous positions.
Work Environment: The work is primarily performed in forest and range environments in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky, covered with vegetation, and in smoky conditions, etc. Temperatures vary from above 100 degrees F to below freezing. Risks include smoke inhalation, fire entrapment, snake or insect bites and stings, exposure to excessive machinery noise, and falling and rolling materials.
50% or less - Frequent travel will be required during times of peak fire activity.