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  • 08/10/2016
  • MikeK27

Hey Everyone – About a decade ago, I spent two seasons on the Feather River Handcrew, and a season on the Lassen Hotshots. I’ll be honest – I miss the job every day. Now, I’m working on a book about wildland firefighting careers, and would love to interview some folks who have experience in one (or more) of the following areas:

-Helitack Crewmember
-Dozer Operator
-Member of a Type I or Type II ICT
-CalFire Firefighter (or any other state agency)
-Private, For-Profit Firefighter (e.g. working on a Firestorm Crew in CA)
-Helicopter Pilot
-Air Tanker Pilot (SEAT to 747, doesn’t matter ;-))
-Fire Lookout
-Engine Captain
-Battalion Chief
-Division Chief
-EMT on a Handcrew

Note: if I didn’t list something, but you think it is a valuable experience worth sharing, please reach out anyways!

Obviously, I realize this is in the middle of the season, so might be tough for folks to respond, but I wanted to throw it out there and see.

What will the interview be like?
This won’t be an interrogation. And we can do it over email or phone – whatever you’re most comfortable with. I just want to get your perspectives on what it is like to serve in these roles. What does a “Day in the Life” look like for, say, a dozer operator or a helitack crewmember? I think it would be great to share your insights with folks who are considering a career in fire. Your interviews will show the diversity of opportunities available.

Thanks for everything that you all do, and stay safe out there.

If you’re interested, please reply to the thread or shoot me an email – mike period kennard at gmail


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  1. Cody Griffin
    August 11, 2016 Reply

    Ive had an interesting career. 15th season.
    seen the fire ground, and day to day grind through several different sets of lenses.
    inmate crew to private crew to state agency, stationed in 7 different geographical locations.

  2. Your name...
    August 12, 2016 Reply

    Hey mike, I don’t know if I would be any help at all but I have a little bit of experience, I have served as a senior firefighter on a Type 3 engine also served as a Senior firefighter on helitack crew, and also served as a squad boss on a type to hand crew ive done 3 years on each of the above. before I had got into wildland firefighting I was in the city world as a firefighter if you have any questions id be happy to help man. not going to put my name out there but willing to help

  3. jason lam
    August 13, 2016 Reply

    I’d be g;ad to help. I’ve done.

    helitack / rappel ship as a FF
    hotshots as a ff
    AFEO on a type 3
    Squadboss on a type 2 IA crew
    Firefighter with Calfire
    Now a firefighter for a county dept

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