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Job Corps Fire Crews Team Up During Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
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Job Corps Fire Crews Team Up During Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Job Corps Fire Crews Team Up During Sturgis Motorcycle Rally


News Staff - August 8, 2019

STURGIS, S.D. - The Boxelder Fire Crew from South Dakota (Boxelder Job Corps Center) and the Buzzard Creek Fire Crew (Collbran Job Corps Center) from Colorado, are teaming up during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally as a Type 2 fire crew.

“These two crews formed a partnership in 2017 and have continued their work together this summer with great success,” said Robert Cota, Boxelder Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center (BJCCCC) Crew 15 Fire Program Manager, Black Hills National Forest. “During the Rally, the crews will be on standby for any forthcoming fire incidents, training crewmembers on crew procedures and equipment, and as time permits, working on local trail projects.”

“Even though the Black Hills have seen a significant amount of rain this summer, fires can still happen,” said Cota. “Whether from lightning, a campfire that isn’t fully extinguished, or other source, it is important for crews to remain vigilant and responsive.”

Since 2013, the BJCCCC and the Black Hills National Forest have partnered together on operating a wildland fire program that recruits and trains Job Corps students as new firefighters.

The intent of the program is to train Job Corps students as entry-level firefighters, and provide them with education and paid work experiences, all while supporting the national firefighting effort. In 2018 the program also began training students as fire dispatchers, and sending them out nationally to support dispatch centers around the nation. The program also gives students credit and time towards their completion at the Job Corps Center.

Participants in the program must meet all wildland firefighter requirements by completing trainings and passing an arduous pack test which is comprised of a 3 mile walk in 45 minutes while carrying a 45 pound pack. Upon completion of the program, students will become a federally certified firefighter type 2 and are eligible for permanent seasonal appointments and/or the Wildland Fire Apprentice Program, an accredited education program designed to enhance and develop future fire and aviation managers.



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