- Member Session 1: March 30 – April 8, 2016
- Rappel Session: April 7 – April 21, 2016
- Member Session 2: April 25 – May 4, 2016
- Member Session 3: April 26 – May 5, 2016
- Member Session 4: April 29 – May 8, 2016
The wildfire crew member training course is held each year at the Hinton Training Centre in Hinton, Alberta. Job offers are extended upon successful completion
of the training.
- Instructors conduct continuous assessments of each candidate's attitude, competence, suitability, job knowledge, fitness level and ability to follow instructions
- Training includes both theory and practical in subjects such as:
- equipment use and maintenance
- map and compass reading
- firefighting methods
- fire weather/behaviour
- helicopter safety
- pump and power saw training
- Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS)
- Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
- bear safety
- Candidates are subjected to stressful conditions with morning fitness classes at 0600 hours each day, seven days a week. There will be occasional evening lectures,
written exams on fire theory, practical application and the use of firefighting equipment.
- The candidate will gain basic knowledge, such as proper care and usage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and helicopter operations.
- Safety is of the utmost importance. Anyone failing to display a safety-conscious attitude will not be accepted. The training is strenuous, and candidates will
be assessed and selected in accordance to the above guidelines and to their suitability for the program.
Pending training completion, crew members will report to their respective Wildfire Management Area, where they will live and work together in strategically placed
During a typical season, members may experience varied periods of fire action, which may include long days of sustained action on larger fire complexes. The remainder
may include project work, proficiency training or deployment to other regions to assist with fire suppression.
Crews will usually have trailer/bunkhouse accommodations. In some cases, members may be expected to cook for themselves. Members can also be based in tent camps
in remote locations and overnight on the fire line for up to 15 days in order to extinguish the fire. This may happen several times throughout a season.
Members are expected to supply sleeping bags, CSA-approved safety footwear, rain gear, adequate work clothing, running shoes, exercise clothing and personal items.
The employment period will vary depending on the location. The approximate period may be from April 1 to October 31 and may be extended depending on the fire hazard.
Due to the helicopter payload limitations, there may be a weight restriction for individuals accepted into the program.
Crews may be required to work a 15-day shift with six days off or a 10-day shift with four days off.
Crews will be expected to move and work throughout the province. Due to aircraft transportation limits, members are limited to 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of personal
gear. This should consist of good leather work boots with 8-inch (20-centimetre) tops, safety toes, vibram style non-slip soles, work gloves and clothing, sleeping
bag, rain gear, running shoes, exercise clothing and personal items.
Updated: Sep 3, 2015