Requirements

Wildland firefighter training 

Work Capacity Test

 Fitness and health of Texas A&M Forest Service firefighters is of utmost importance to ensure the safety of all personnel working on the fire line.  The Work Capacity Test (WCT) is the primary means to assess the fitness level of firefighters.  These procedures are governed by Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide (PMS 310-1) published by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG). 

All firefighters must maintain at least a moderate fitness level as outlined below.  For fire assignments outside of Texas, employees must meet the applicable fitness level listed by position in PMS 310-1.  
  

 

Fitness Level / Work Category

Test

Distance (miles)

Pack (pounds)

Time (minutes)

Arduous

Pack

3

45

45

Moderate

Field

2

25

30

Light

Walk

1

None

16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commercial Driver License

All Texas A&M Forest Service firefighters must acquire and maintain a Class A CDL license within six months of employment.  A CDL is required to operate large haul trucks that transport firefighting and capacity building equipment. 

To obtain a Commercial Driver License please visit: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/commerciallicense.htm

 

 

Training Academy
 

New Wildland Firefighters, Fire Coordinators and Task Force Coordinators will be hired in waves, with the first group set to come aboard in November 2013. All employees will be required to complete a comprehensive, 10-week wildland firefighting training academy.

The academy will be split into two week segments and held in different locations across the state to help firefighters familiarize themselves with the state’s different fuels and conditions.  Lodging will be provided at each academy location.  

Training will include an agency overview as well as a heavy focus on subjects related to fire and emergency response such as basic wildland firefighting and fire behavior, basic structural firefighting, firefighter safety, fire prevention, prescribed burning and the incident command system.

Other topics include equipment operations and maintenance, air operations, emergency vehicle operations, defensive driving, law enforcement, map reading, radio procedures, reporting procedures, general forestry, best management practices and workplace organization and safety. Wildland firefighters will complete the training academy within six months of being hired.