Veterans Fire Corps (US Military Veterans Only)
Created in 2010 in cooperation with the US Forest Service and expanded into an AmeriCorps program in 2012, the Veterans Fire Corps trains and engages teams of military veterans in wildland ﬁre mitigation. Projects include fuels reduction, ﬁre effects monitoring, educational outreach, pre-ﬁre preparation of burn units, and participation in prescribed ﬁres. SCA’s Veterans Fire Corps members work together for 13 weeks, organized in teams of ﬁve Corps Members and one Project Leader. The leader is most often a graduate of a prior Veterans Fire Corps program who has proven to be a capable ﬁreﬁghter, manager, and logistician.
The training provided to participants has three components: training as an SCA Corps member, Wildland ﬁre and chainsaw training, as well as ﬁeld-based practical experience. Each training component builds on the prior training, focusing not only on technical aspects, but also on softer skills such as leadership, group dynamics, and conﬂict management. When not working on fuels mitigation, members may work with various federal agency staff in other areas, such as trails, archeology, ﬁsheries, or other projects. Members receive weekly living allowances. Housing and ﬁeld-based meals are provided, but positions may require camping in the ﬁeld for a signiﬁcant portion of the program.
SCA waives application fees for all US Military Veterans.
- Wildland Fire Chainsaws
- Basic Wildland Fireﬁghter
- Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior
- Introduction to Incident Command System
- Standards for Survival
- Human Factors on the Fireline
- Introduction to the National Incident Management System
- Wilderness First Aid, CPR, and Red Card Certiﬁcation
- US Military Post-9/11 Veterans
- DD214 form showing Honorable Discharge or General Discharge (under Honorable Conditions)
- Valid driver’s license
- Ablility to pass a criminal background and motor vehicle check
- Ablility to pass USFS Pack Test at the “arduous” level (3-mile hike with 45-pound pack in 45 minutes)
- Ablility to hike long distances with a heavy pack and remain composed under pressure while serving in rugged terrain
- Comfort and ability with using a chainsaw and other hand tools
- Comfort and ability with living and serving with veterans from all service branches
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