April 1st Deadline For Firefighter Application - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

April 1st Deadline For Firefighter Application

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KHQ.COM - While it might seem a little early in the year to talk about the upcoming wildfire season, the deadline to apply to become a firefighter in Washington is fast approaching on April 1.

"It's definitely on the forefront on our minds because our hiring and training begins soon," explained Andrew Stenbeck, the Arcadia District Manager of the Northeast Region Washington Department of Natural Resources.

The has been paying close attention to snowpack levels all winter, but they pay especially close attention to rainfall to predict how bad of a wildfire season it will be.

"We look for June rains...if it stops raining mid-June, fire season will be longer," said Stenbeck.

This is the perfect job for students, who are looking for a summer job, or for people who enjoy being outdoors or who are interested in eventually going into a career in natural resources.

The Eastern Washington region, which includes North Lincoln County, Spokane County, Pend Oreille County, and South Stevens County, are looking for between 8-12 new firefighters but the regions closer to the center of the state and in Okanogan and Colville are looking for more.

Applications can be found on the Washington State Department of Natural Resources website. This is a paid position, and if you end up working in a region in which you do not live, the DNR does provide housing.


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