The veterans crews will be responsible for conducting fuels reduction projects and assisting in fire suppression activities as needed. Fuels reduction projects involve a variety of strategic vegetation treatments on public lands such as the removal of vegetation to promote land health and the creation of fire breaks to assist firefighters in managing wildland fires. Fuels crew personnel are often involved in a wide variety of tasks and get to see some of the most beautiful and remote areas of Idaho.
“Idaho’s fuels management program is highly active, with an excellent track record of success,” said Idaho BLM State Director Steve Ellis. “The additional assistance of the veteran’s crew will significantly enhance our program by allowing us to continue accomplishing our goal of managing healthy lands and improving community safety from wildfire.”
Similar programs have provided excellent opportunities for veterans to enjoy rewarding outdoor work. During the 2012 season, BLM’s Spokane District hired a nine-person veteran’s crew and plans to do the same for 2013. The crew proved to be an effective and efficient tool assisting the district with treating additional acres of hazardous fuels thus reducing the risk of wildfire in the urban interface. The crew also aided with the wildland firefighting efforts across Washington State this past summer.
Each veteran’s fuels position will be a Term appointment not to exceed 13 months, but it may be extended up to 4 years. The work schedule will be Long-Term Career Seasonal, which means the length of each veteran’s assignment will be a minimum 6 months of full-time employment per year, with the possibility of longer assignments if funding, project work and weather permit.
The BLM Idaho fuels program implements a wide range of fuels reduction projects across the state. During the fire season of 2012, the program’s fuels reduction projects were critical in reducing wildland fire behavior and allowing firefighters to safely save homes, private property and natural resources.
Applicants can obtain information on how to apply for veterans crew positions by contacting local Idaho Department of Labor offices or by visiting Idaho BLM’s webpage, www.id.blm.gov. Applications will be accepted through January 25, 2013.