Handcrew Cadet Position Information
 
Under immediate supervision of Professional Firefighter personnel, the Handcrew Cadet performs a variety of tasks requiring arduous manual labor in fire prevention, suppression and related duties as required. The Handcrew Cadet clears firebreaks, trails and fire roads; maintains vegetation at Fire Department facilities; and performs other fire control or prevention activities assigned to them. Handcrew Cadets must exercise a working knowledge of fire suppression tools and techniques.
 
Examples of Duties
  • Performs various types of semi-skilled labor in support of fire prevention and suppression of brush and wildland fires with construction of fire line.
  • Routinely cuts and removes brush from roadsides, fire roads and fuel breaks using hand and power tools.
  • Performs maintenance work on Fire Department tools and equipment.
  • Performs maintenance work at Fire Department facilities such as brush clearance and landscaping projects.
  • Provides manual labor in other types of emergencies.
  • Performs flood control activities such as filling and placing sandbags as well as debris removal.

Qualification Guidelines

  • Limited skills and ability to: Operate hand and power tools in a safe manner.
  • Some ability to: Perform a variety of maintenance tasks.
  • Ability to: Work for prolonged periods performing extremely physical tasks; establish effective working relations with others and function as part of a team.

Other Requirements

  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age and under 25 years of age to join.
    • May participate as a Cadet until 30 years of age
  • Must complete and provide National Wildfire Coordinating Group certificates:
    • S-130 Firefighter Safety
    • S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior
    • I-100 Introduction to the Incident Command System
  • Successfully complete Work Capacity Test at Arduous Level.

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