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    Re: C-23 Sherpas May Come to Alaska

    One aspect of moving the Sherpas to Alaska that is probably more important than delivering jumpers is that they are well suited for fire logistics in AK. For the most part, AK is not like the...
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    Re: Too old to begin career?!?

    I generally found that people don't care about your age as long as you can do the work.

    Don't just look at the Feds for jobs. Lots of states have great wildland fire programs as well.
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    Re: In depth Boot Reviews

    Got my flat sole rebuild Nicks Hotshot back from Nicks. Very impressed by the leather quality and thickness compared to a new pair of whites I saw in a store this week. Nicks is using leather that...
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    Re: Veteran Non Competitive Appointment

    I am not a Fed hiring authority, but have applied for Fed jobs as a vet before so here is how I understand it.

    I think you are confusing vets preference with the non competitive appointment...
  5. Re: USFS, Cal Fire & other Agencies future discussion

    I could be wrong, but I don't see how the Feds could pull off something like that. I don't see how laying off and re-hiring a temp GS-2 thru GS-5s each year would be cheaper than keeping them on for...
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    Re: In depth Boot Reviews

    I have a pair of regular AK tundras and I sent an old pair of regular Hotshots (with the big heel) in to be rebuilt with the low heel. I get the rebuilt pair back from Nicks in April so I will try...
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    Re: Alaska Outlook for the Spring

    Might be an interesting season this year.
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    Re: In depth Boot Reviews

    Nice summary BigAl.

    Last season I wore a pair of Lowa Megacamps the entire season. They would be a great boot for typical dry lower-48 work although they are a bit warm. They have good...
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    Re: Advice on following up on an application

    Check your private messages.
  10. Thread: Winter PT

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    Re: Winter PT

    I have been down this road before. Personally, I have come to the conclusion that there are plenty of exercises that come close to copying the same sort of physical exercise that actual fireline...
  11. Re: How to be the best candidate for a job in R6 for the upcoming season

    I would call ahead and just say that you would like to discuss in person the positions available, their expectations of new employees, and would like to learn more about their organization and how...
  12. Re: How to be the best candidate for a job in R6 for the upcoming season

    I have been on interview/hiring panels before and those that put forth the effort to talk with us in person always had a leg up in the hiring competition.

    It is always good to place a name with a...
  13. Re: How to be the best candidate for a job in R6 for the upcoming season

    If you have not applied for any Fed jobs on USAJOBS you might want to do so ASAP. Hiring folks will begin pulling lists in the very near future and some places have already done so for the 2014...
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    Re: Nubie looking for some quality info.

    You will probably find the info on the internet regarding housing is hard to come by. Some places have bunk houses and living quarters of different types but finding out that info online is rather...
  15. Re: More Yarnell Hill discussion: Mayday, Mayday, Mayday!

    These GPS tracking systems are essentially based on systems pioneered by the military some time ago. I was serving when they made the big push to install and use these sorts of systems on a force...
  16. Re: More Yarnell Hill discussion: Mayday, Mayday, Mayday!

    Good discussion so far regarding GPS tracking.

    I think this sort of thing is useful up to a point. For example, our dispatch has found it very good to be able to quickly dispatch the closest...
  17. Re: More Yarnell Hill discussion: Mayday, Mayday, Mayday!

    I am pretty sure Florida is not the first agency to track their equipment in real time with GPS. The State of AK Forestry engines had GPS units put in them a couple years ago so dispatch could track...
  18. Re: More Yarnell Hill discussion: Mayday, Mayday, Mayday!

    I think having a single emergency notification (such as "MAYDAY - MAYDAY - MAYDAY!") instead of having a number of different ones for different types of emergency radio traffic is the better way to...
  19. Re: More Yarnell Hill discussion: Mayday, Mayday, Mayday!

    They teach an emergency radio traffic announcement to all new firefighters in New Zealand during their equivilent red card training which is simple and easy to remember. So it is standardized...
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    Re: "Last Mile Forward" USFS Policy??

    I read that as well and it looks to be just a scenario presented to illustrate how they could be used in that role if the USFS desired to do so since the C-27 could be configured for a number of...
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