Idaho Falls District BLM Engine Crews


Contacts

Idaho Falls
Richard Zimmerman
rzimmerman@blm.gov
208-524-7603
208-709-2420
1-800-438-8160

Pocatello
Dan Zajanc
dzajanc@blm.gov
208-478-6351

Salmon
Jeffrey Knudson
jknudson@blm.gov
208-756-5197

 

Samaria II Fire

 

Idaho Falls District Fire Management Mission Statement:

To provide a hardworking and progressive workforce dedicated to an effective and efficient fire management program through outstanding public service, professionalism, mentorship, physical fitness, productivity and safety.

2010 Idaho Falls District BLM Engine Crews - Station 1 - 4

Hiring for the 2014 Fire Season Begins November 25, 2013

We will begin accepting applications for engine crews November 25, 2013. It is highly recommended that you apply before January 14, 2014 for early consideration. It is important that you do not miss the deadline. Typically all of our engine crews are selected off the early consideration roster. Applications received after January 14, 2013 may not be considered if the roster is full.

What job to apply to?
If you would like to work for the BLM in Idaho Falls, Pocatello or Salmon as a wildland firefighter on an engine, apply to the following job announcement number:
BLM-FIRE-2014-004
Wildland Firefighter

Make sure to specify WHICH LOCATION YOU PREFER--Idaho Falls/Pocatello or Salmon.
If you have NO PREVIOUS FIREFIGHTING EXPERIENCE, make sure you apply to the GS-02 and GS-03 positions. If you are confused about your GS level, click here.

When you are ready to apply go to www.usajobs.gov, or click on the active link above. Once on usajobs, you will need to search for the job announcement BLM-FIRE-2014-004. You will need to create an account and fill out your application online, so make sure you save your password and login information.

If you are interested in other fire jobs elsewhere in the country, go to www.firejobs.doi.gov. This web site is a central location for information about seasonal fire jobs for the Department of the Interior. For a listing of all fire jobs in Idaho, click here.

If at any time you have questions regarding this process, please contact us or read this instructional pdf. After you submit your application online, check to make sure it has been received by calling the contact number on the job announcement.

Seasonal firefighters will start around the first week in June and work until about mid October. Returning firefighters often come on earlier and there is sometimes work late into the winter. We believe you only become a better firefighter if you travel so plan on doing some traveling. We work in every state wherever and whenever help is needed. During busy seasons you can plan on going off district a couple of times a year.

Announcement: BLM-FIRE-2014-004
Wildland Firefighter

GS-0455-2/3/4/5
Open: 11/25/2013-3/31/2014
Early Consideration for GS-5: 1/14/2014
Early Consideration for GS-2/3/4: 1/28/2014
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More About the Idaho Falls District BLM Fire Engines

Our Engines are responsible for initial attack coverage over all of east Idaho. We staff around 16 Engines each year (5 person Type 4 Wildland Engines) with guard stations in Salmon, Dubois, Atomic City, Idaho Falls, Blackfoot, Fort Hall, American Falls, Chubbuck, Pocatello, Malad, and Soda Springs. Also included are two initial attack dozers and water tender. Government housing is available at five locations on the district.

We also work closely with the Snake River Hot Shot Crew in Pocatello. Our engine crews are used to fill in on the crew during the summer as needed. Engine crew personnel from our program, who have the desire, successfully complete a season on one of our Engine Crews, and meet the physical fitness requirements have the advantage of getting selected first on our Hot Shot Crew the following season.

Physical conditioning is directly related to safety on the fire line. Therefore we feel that maintaining a high level of physical fitness is the key to a safe and effective program. Our daily physical training program is something we take seriously and expect this of all of our firefighters. All firefighter positions require passing the Work Capacity Test (three mile hike with 45lbs. in 45 minutes or less). In addition we have set fitness goals from "Fit To Work" a publication from the Missoula Technology Development Center.

District engine crew fitness goals:

1.5 mile run in a time of 10:35 or less
40 sit-ups in 60 seconds
25 push-ups in 60 seconds
7 chin-ups

The district crews also participate in the BLM National Fire Operations Fitness Challenge. The requirements of this challenge can be found here, along with other fitness related information, such as nutrition and pre-season physical fitness training plans. The averages fitness scores of new employees and the high numbers for each category are listed below

Pre-Season Rookie Fitness Average
Activity 2011 2012 2013
1.5 mile run 10:54 10:13 11:12
sit-ups 75 77 67
push-ups 42 69 55
chin-ups 9 13 9

 

Pre-Season Best Fitness Scores Overall
Activity 2011 2012 2013
1.5 mile run 8:29 7:58 8:22
sit-ups 132 161 121
push-ups 110 188 104
chin-ups 22 32 29


For housing information click here

 

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