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The Eastern Nevada Agency wildland firefighters participate in the 2017 fire training, referred to as “Rookie School,” at Great Basin College in Elko.

The Bureau of Land Management, Elko District Office which manages fire suppression for the Eastern Nevada Agency (ENA) of the Bureau of Indian Affairs is accepting applications for on-call wildland firefighters for the upcoming fire season.

Firefighting handcrews consist of 20 men and women who travel to fires throughout the United States, for up to 21 days at a time. They work long hours in remote locations constructing firelines to halt the spread of wildfires. In past years, local ENA firefighters have fought fires across the western United States.

Even though the fire crews are only activated and paid during fires or emergencies, it is an excellent opportunity to gain firefighter training, experience, and earn money at the same time.

Firefighters must be 18 years old prior to June 10, 2018, must be U.S. citizens, and must pass a pre-employment physical exam and fitness test. The fitness test, or “pack test,” consists of a three mile hike over flat ground in 45 minutes or less while carrying a 45-pound pack. Fire crew applications are due by April 6.

The Eastern Nevada Agency of the Bureau of Indian Affairs is also accepting applications through April 20, 2018 for camp crew workers for the upcoming fire season. Camp crew members provide support for logistical needs in fire camps. Camp crew workers must be 16 years old prior to June 1, 2018, must be U.S. citizens, and must pass a pre-employment fitness test and drug test. The fitness test consists of a two mile hike over flat ground in 30 minutes or less while carrying a 25-pound pack.

Applications for the ENA crew and camp crew are available from the front desk at the Elko BLM Office, located at 3900 E. Idaho Street in Elko.

For more information about federal firefighting positions in Elko, please contact the following:

Elko District BLM and ENA BIA – Robert Headley – ENA Fire Crew Boss – (775) 934-8354, rheadley@blm.gov or Spencer Gregory – Assistant Fire Management Officer – (775) 753-0308.

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