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FAQs about Being a Wildland Firefighter Find the answers to questions such as:
How do I become a firefighter?,
What is a hotshot fire crew?,
and What kinds of aircraft are used in fire suppression activities?.
You must be a United States citizen and at least 18 years of age in order to work as a firefighter for the National Park Service.
Physical Fitness Requirements for Firefighters
There are certain physical requirements that every wildland firefighter is required to meet at the start of each season. The "Work Capacity Test" is required by every agency/bureau before an Incident Qualification Card (Red Card) can be issued. Learn more about the Work Capacity Test and Incident Qualifications. Depending on the type of crew, there may be additional physical requirements. It is recommended that you find out if there are any additional standards and what they are so you can prepare in the off season. Contact the specific location where you would like to work for additional requirements.
If you are entering into the wildland fire arena without any previous experience there are some basic classes that you may be able to complete locally which will increase your chances of being hired. Some basic fire courses are available online through the National Wildfire Coordinating Group. Contact your State Forestry agency or Community College to see if they offer any of these classes as classroom training.
Other Useful Links:
- Contact Information for All National Parks
- NPS Hotshot Crew (Alpine Hotshots)—Rocky Mountain National Park
- NPS Hotshot Crew (Arrowhead Hotshots)—Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
- Bureau of Land Management (Smokejumper Program)
- USDA Forest Service (Smokejumper Program)
- Online and blended (part online, part classroom) firefighter courses