Thanks for expressing interest in Oregon Woods.

Due to the nature of the job, we cannot guarantee that you will work. This line of work can be labor intensive, with long hard hours. The initial step is to fill out an application. You will need 2 forms of ID for this. Generally a valid state issued ID and a social security card.

To be considered for employment as a firefighter, for any company, you will have to take and pass 1 free online FEMA test. You may take the test on your own time, and send us your certificate of completion via email or fax. You may forward the email that FEMA sends you directly to our email address.

1) Take and pass the IS700-

http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=is-700.a

Once you pass, contact our office via phone or email for an interview and if you have not already filled out an application, you will do so before you have your interview.

2) Pass a physical endurance test

You must have a valid I.D. for this test!

This test involves walking 3 miles in 45 minutes or less

You will be either carrying a weighted pack or a weight vest (both weigh 45 pounds)

3) Take the basic training.

This is a non-paid 40 hour class, 4 days of which will be in a classroom setting.

There is a field day. This will include: 

  • Basic fireline construction
  • Use of equipment ( Hoses, hand tools)
  • Basic mop-up procedures

There will be testing on the knowledge and a final test at the end of the course.

You must pass this final test to successfully complete the class.

Once you have passed both of these tests, you are a qualified Wildland Firefighter!

You must be able and willing to be on-call for a fire any day at any time.

If you are unavailable, you must inform the office beforehand.

You must have a reliable method of contact and transportation to the shop.

Your response time should be immediate.

Generally you have 1 hour to get to the shop ready for work with all of your gear. This time frame varies.

The company provides all of your PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

The company does not provide the rest of your essential gear. You must bring enough gear for up to 14 days of work.

These items include:

  • Camping gear- Sleeping bag, tent etc.
  • Non-work clothing- T shirts, tennis shoes, socks etc
  • Boots- Specific types of boots are required. They must have Lug soles. They must have 8" or higher uppers. The boots must be in good condition.
  • 2 lunches- meals are provided on the job, but travel meals are not.
  • Personal Water- You must show up for work with enough water for a shift. Generally 6-10 liters
  • Personal toiletries- Toothbrush, toothpaste, contact solution, etc. The items you need on a daily basis you must provide yourself.

It is your responsibility to bring them with you. Generally a supply of up to 2 weeks worth.

For information on dates of training courses, please see our calendar. You must turn in an application and have an interview before you can sign up for a class.

You may also contact us if you have any questions, or would like to apply!