Sunset at the Smokejumper base
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Created in 2001, SCA Fire Corps began as the Fire Education Corps in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and National Park Service. Teams across the country worked in education and prevention of fire in communities. In subsequent years, the FEC expanded into fire management and monitoring with all federal land management agencies. SCA Fire Corps teams are currently active in three broad areas: Fire Monitoring, Fire Education, and Fire Management.
The SCA Fire Corps members serve in teams lasting from 12 weeks to 6 months, stationed in a single location. A typical team consists of a Project Leader and up to five members. The Project Leader is responsible for the field supervision of the team, logistics, and working with the partner throughout the course of the season.
Depending upon the needs of the agency partner, SCA fire teams focus on three broad areas: Fire Monitoring, Fire Education, and Fire Management.
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.
Members must be at least 18 years of age and pass a background check. Other requirements vary by position.