As a current Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employee at the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), I was excited for a detail opportunity with NPS Fire and Aviation Management.
I was exposed to weather observation, teamwork, LCES and self-preservation. During my week with Alpine, I went over of all this. It was my first fire and I had no idea what to expect.
My first impression of Module 32 was a positive one. Before the first day on the crew my squad boss and mentor, went to lunch with me. We spoke about what I can expect on the crew and what to bring with me the first week of work. It was tremendously helpful and gave me an idea how helpful the crew would be.
On my first day I was welcomed by everyone. The crew was really excited for the new season. I was too; together I felt a part of the team instantly. I met the crew and I found out three others were first year fireghters, like me. Finding out three others are in the same position as I helped me ease into my new position. I have wanted this opportunity since I was 15 years old, I was nervous being the new guy would put me into position where I may fail. Instead I would now be learning with others, we could all help each other out. Needless to say, I felt the crew had good cohesion from the start and I could see myself working with everyone all summer long.
When we started our first project, which was making defensible space around the headquarters’ building, I was able gather an idea of what working on this crew was going to be like. The first thing I noticed was everyone working hard every day and had a positive attitude. In jobs past, this has not been the case. I also noticed that the veterans on the crew were eager to answer any questions and help us as much as possible.
Within the first couple weeks I saw this crew takes pride in their work and as a result we accomplish quality work. I am proud to be a part of this work ethic, our sense of duty. I also learned about the crew's reputation. This mantra encouraged me to do my very best to ensure the Module’s reputation would not suffer. I am a proud member of Module 32 and as a first year firefighter I consider myself to be fortunate to be a member of this crew.
Overall, I have it pretty well here at Rocky. I have a great place to live, a great job and plenty of new friends to make more good times with here in Estes Park.
My first impression of working with the Alpine IHC is that the crew is tight knit, team oriented, proud, hard working, organized, highly motivated, and fun to be around. And the work is rewarding and exciting...just what I was looking for. I already am learning basic and advanced firefighting knowledge and skills, and I am realizing the benefits of maintaining high work standards!