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Learn wildland firefighting in Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE ” The U.S. Forest Service will offer basic wildland firefighter training this spring, and is seeking men and women interested in this demanding but rewarding work. The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has an established and successful emergency on-call, administratively determined, firefighter program.

Two class sessions will be offered in 2009. The first is April 28 through May 1 from 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m. and the second is offered May 4-8 from 4 p.m. 10 p.m. Classes will be held at the U.S. Forest Service Meyers Fire Training room located at 2215 Keetak Ave. in Meyers. Call (530) 543-2881 for directions.

In order to pass the class all students must participate in the field day May 9 from a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The field day is a physically demanding day. You must be in good shape and show up ready to work hard. You will be required to have approved firefighting boots when you show up as well. Proper footwear will be discussed during the course.

Advanced registration is required. To register for the class contact Dave Soldavini at (530) 543-2881. Students who have not registered may show up the day of the class and will be enrolled if seats are available on a case-by-case basis. The class is free but sweat equity will be necessary to pass the field day.

These classes consist of the training needed for federal Firefighter 2 positions in wildland fire. Firefighter 2 is the basic wildland qualification required for all entry level fire suppression positions in Sorest Service and for participation in The Lake Tahoe Basin’s on-call emergency fire crew program. This series of classes used to be called the Basic-32, and is still commonly referred to as the Basic-32.

This training is offered for individuals who are interested in pursuing employment as a wildland firefighter. Students should be in good shape physically and ready to work long, hard hours. Priority will be given to men and women participating in the on-call emergency firefighter program, also referred to as the AD program.

If you are interested in participating in the AD program, or have more questions, feel free to contact the AD Program Manager Aaron Grove at (530) 543-2883 or Program Coordinator, Dave Soldavini, at (530) 543-2881.

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