People in Wildland Fire

Five images of people working, a person kneels for a closer look at a flower, a group stands near a helicopter, a law enforcement officer stands on a roadside, a firefighter checks notes, a person adjusts equipment in the field.
From L to R: Counting Eastern Blazing Star, helicopter operations briefing, law enforcement officer assisting with traffic, fire effects monitoring, setting up Terrestrial Lidar Scanner in a fuels treatment site.


Effective wildland fire management requires expertise in many different fields. Firefighters may be on the fireline, but dispatchers, information officers, facility managers, photographers, IT specialists, and law enforcement personnel are just a few examples of people working to support wildfire response behind the scenes. Most national parks have a fire management program with employees that help support the objectives of ecosystem and habitat management, and natural and cultural resource protection and preservation. Fire management officers, fire ecologists, fire archaeologists, engine operators, heavy equipment operators, and helicopter managers are just a few positions that are necessary to support a complex wildland fire management program. Learn from the wide variety of people who work to support the fire management program.
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    Last updated: March 1, 2022