Become a Wildland Firefighter
Miller Timber Services, Inc. is a private wildland fire service contractor that operates on an as-needed basis to provide private landowners as well as state, federal and local agencies with professional resources for wildland fire and emergency incidents. We are 100% self-sufficient and capable of furnishing all services, supervision, equipment and transportation of resources. Resources can be deployed for initial attack, fire suppression, mop-up, standby preparedness and all-hazard incidents throughout the United States.
Wildland Firefighters that work for Miller Timber Services, Inc. are hardworking, dependable, self-disciplined individuals with a willingness to perform the challenges at hand.
-Contain, control and suppress wildland fire
-Required rapid on-call deployment preparedness for wildfire and emergency incidents
-Utilize the appropriate hand tools, equipment and techniques to control the spread of wildfire (commonly used tools: pulaski, shovel, hazel hoes, ax, and chainsaw)
-Perform basic fireline activities including line construction, moving dirt, hose layout, cut, scatter and or removal of fuels using hand tools.
-Serve as a skilled wildland firefighter on an organized crew during wildfires and prescribed burns holding line, patrolling, monitoring fire behavior, and performing mop-up operations.
-Willingness to work outdoors in remote and rugged conditions with extended travel required and overnight camping with minimal accommodations.
-Abide by all safety standards and techniques to mitigate risk while on assignment
Skills and Abilities:
-Become a valued crewmember with a positive attitude and exceptional work ethic
-The continued development of new skills, leadership, and expanded responsibilities to promote individual performance and growth within the company
The company prides itself in providing wildland firefighting contract crews that uphold the wildland ethics and stewardship values of the profession. Through discipline, determination and dedication, our wildland firefighters consistently receive high marks for their performance while on assignment.
The Company recognizes that these key personnel represent the organization’s most appreciable asset. Providing a safe and productive work environment is of the utmost importance at Miller Timber Services, Inc. and is considered integral to the success of our business. For this reason, Miller Timber Services, Inc. has established a zero tolerance drug and alcohol policy.
All interested candidates must be at least 18 years of age in order to become a wildland firefighter.
Miller Timber Services, Inc. has met or exceeded NWCG training standards since 1994. The Company’s National Wildfire Suppression Association lead instructor has over 20 year’s first-hand wildland firefighting experience. This experience and expertise in profession has lead to the development of an exceptional wildland firefighting training program.
All entry level FFT-2’s complete a five-day instructional course including S-130 Basic Wildland Firefighting, S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, L-180 Human Factors on the Fireline and I100 Introduction to the Incident Command System. In addition, an eight-hour hands-on field exercise is completed during the training; portable pump and hose lay use, fire shelter deployment, handline construction, and weather observation are reviewed. This hands-on field exercise gives entry-level students the skills and confidence needed to safely perform their assigned job duties.
The Company also offers a one-day RT-130 annual fireline safety refresher training course which is required for all firefighters with at least one season of experience.
Wildland Firefighting is a physically demanding profession. A high level of physical fitness is essential to an individuals success as a wildland firefighter. The fire season will not get you in shape, but slowly take it out of you.
It is important that crewmembers take responsibility for their personal wellness and job performance by showing up in shape, ready for the fire season. One crewmembers lack of personal preparedness can endanger an entire crew’s safety and morale.
FireFit was developed to provide the wildland fire community with a comprehensive, easy to follow fitness program that addresses pre-season, fire-season and post-season fitness needs. This specially designed fitness program attempts to address the specific needs of wildland firefighters who deal with complex, high stress situations that require not only muscular strength but also muscular endurance, cardiovascular conditioning and flexibility for prolonged periods of time while under duress.
This program can be found at http://www.nifc.gov/FireFit/index.htm and provides a basic format for a well balanced fitness program crucial for firefighter’s success in the field.
Fitness: The body’s ability to perform physical activity without distress or injury
Work Capacity: The ability to accomplish production goals without undue fatigue, and without becoming a hazard to oneself or co-workers
Wildland firefighting demands a high level of physical fitness to safely perform daylong work in difficult environmental conditions including steep terrain, extreme temperatures, high altitudes, and smoke. For this reason, a physical fitness test is conducted to ensure individual and crew safety.
The minimum Required Physical Fitness Test is a three-mile hike over level terrain carrying a forty-five pound pack. To qualify, the test must be completed in less than 45 minutes.
**Notice: Miller Timber Services, Inc’s wildfire crews exceed this minimum fitness standard. The increased fitness expectations of our crews improve their overall performance, work capacity, attitudes, safety and health.
1.5 Mile Run: Upon the completion of the “pack test” crewmembers will complete a 1.5 mile run (no pack). Crewmembers are encouraged to competitively push themselves to achieve their personal best.
Upper Body Strength Testing: Crewmembers will complete a one minute push-up and one minute sit-up evaluation.
~ Company Bests: 1.5 mile run 9:03, push-ups 76 and sit-ups 65 ~
*The physical fitness testing listed above should be looked at as a minimum fitness threshold. To be successful as a wildland firefighter you should be able to meet these performance goals with ease. The 1.5 mile run will be a competitive physical testing, all times will be recorded. Miller Timber Services, Inc. strives to have the most elite wildland firefighting crews.
Quality and safety go hand-in-hand at Miller Timber Services, Inc. We strive for top quality work performed in a highly productive manner, with safety as our first priority. Miller Timber Services, Inc. believes that one of the best approaches to safety and health is to foster an environment that promotes greater awareness as to the importance of safe behaviors, practices, and systems. Miller Timber Services, Inc. strives to proactively mitigate risks before they become incidents.
Safety Program Objective: Create a culture where all employees proactively care for each other’s safety and welfare.
Vision of the Future: Miller Timber Services, Inc. believes that a totally safe culture is one in which everyone feels responsible for safety and pursues it on a daily basis. Elements of such a culture must include: Safety - owned and accounted for by individuals and teams alike Increased personal commitment through participation and involvement Risks managed and acted upon before they become incidents Creating a culture where it’s okay to intervene
The company safety program is one in which individual employees are held accountable for their own safety and the safety of others. Employees recognize safety as one of their first and foremost job responsibilities. Co-workers actively hold one another accountable for their personal safety and well-being.
All employees receive on-the-job instructional training, where they are shown how to work safely, utilizing proper techniques to protect both themselves and others from injury/illness. Job performance is effectively monitored to ensure that the quality of work being performed meets company standards.
Regular safety meetings are conducted with employees and members of the supervisory/management staff.
Strict alcohol, controlled substance, and human rights policies are in place and rigorously maintained.
All employees are required to wear approved protective gear. Hardhats, gloves, long sleeved shirts, and work boots are mandatory on all project work.
Candidates with previous Wildland firefighting experience will be evaluated on an individual basis. Qualified firefighters’ records will be reviewed and evaluated to determine currency and to verify training and experience requirements have been met.
Miller Timber Services, Inc. is presently recruiting for experienced Crew Bosses (CRWB). Engine Bosses (ENGB) and Squad Bosses (FFT-1). All interested and qualified candidates should contact Miller Timber Services, Inc. to secure a position for the 2011 wildfire season.
Note: Individuals with structural firefighting experience should contact the Company’s course coordinator to see if their previous training is compatible with Miller Timber Services, Inc.’s training requirements.
Becoming a Miller Timber Services, Inc. Wildland Firefighter
If you have no previous wildland firefighting experience, it will be necessary to complete the entry level wildland firefighting five day course. Scheduled class dates may be found under the firefighting training program link.
Interested individuals will need to complete an interest form/interview process to be selected to attend the company sponsored wildland firefighting training. All candidates selected to attend the training will need to successfully pass the physical fitness test in order to proceed with the course. Upon the successful completion of the training, individuals will be qualified as entry-level (FFT-2) firefighters.
Miller Timber Services, Inc. commends and encourages individuals seeking higher education. Wildland firefighting can be an excellent opportunity for someone like you to earn a great summer income while attending college. You can expect to earn on average $5,000.00-$10,000.00 for a summer of work, based on your availability for dispatch. What can make a challenging summer of wildland firefighting even more exciting and fun is recruiting your friends to join you on these elite crews. Are you up for the challenge?
If you should choose to return annually during the summer months to fight fire with the Company, there are advancement and management opportunities in the profession of wildland firefighting. There is a complex incident command system that establishes the chain of command at every incident. This is a performance based qualifications system that measures an individual’s job performance and experience combined with formal classroom training. Miller Timber Services, Inc. offers advanced training opportunities for individuals meeting these performance thresholds.
If you reach these performance thresholds and take on a professional fire management role on one of Miller Timber Services, Inc.’s crews, you can expect to earn a higher hourly wage and become eligible for performance bonuses. Just think, before graduating college you have the potential to be managing squads of five to seven firefighters or even an entire crew of nineteen. This looks great on a resume and demonstrates your drive, integrity, work ethic and leadership abilities to future employers.
Upon graduating from your degree program, Miller Timber Services, Inc.’s fire management can provide performance evaluations and serve as a reference for prospective employers in your field. If you wish to continue wildland firefighting as a chosen career path, internships and mentoring programs may be available for further professional development.
Miller Timber Services, Inc will be offering the following courses for 2013.
Note: Annual refresher courses have limited seating please contact the course coordinator for registration. The Work Capacity Fitness Test is required annually for returning firefighters.
The successful completion of the physical fitness test (pack test) is required in order to proceed with the training. Individuals must attend all five days of the training and successfully pass the written exams to receive certification as an entry level wildland firefighter (FFT-2).
– Fitness Requirements
If you feel you are a valid candidate for these positions and are interested in the training please call (541)929-9595 or email
*Note: It is recommended students complete the FEMA IS-700.a training as pre-course work prior to the training. Miller Timber Services, Inc.’s course coordinator will collect completed training certificates on the first day of the Company sponsored training.
The FEMA IS-700.a training may be accessed at the below link