National Park Seeks Applicants for Wildland Firefighter Training
The National Park of American Samoa seeks applicants for wildland firefighter training. This training will qualify participants to serve as wildland firefighters on temporary assignments. Interested applicants must submit a resume, two forms of government identification (such as a valid driver’s license, passport, or birth certificate), and social security card no later than March 20 to the National Park Headquarters in Pago Pago, across from the Pago Way Service Station. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals.
To become wildland firefighters, the men and women selected must attend and pass an initial training course from April 20 through 25. They also have to remain fit and healthy. As part of the training, they will undergo the Pack Test—walking three miles in less than 45 minutes while carrying 45 pounds of weight.
Those who become certified wildland firefighters may have the opportunity to travel to the United States mainland to help fight fires that burn in the forests and mountains during the summer months. The fire season typically is from June to November each year. Wildland firefighters must be available, with little advance notice, to travel off-island for up to a month. For more information call 633-7082, extension 12.