Montana Journals

Wildland Fire - A Working Adventure in Montana

An August 2003 trip to Montana by Kim M.

Keeping Watch Photo, Montana, United States More Photos
Quote: Wildland firefighting is hot, dirty, and sometimes exhausting work. Why on earth do I do it? I do it because it's needed, but also because it's a great adventure and a great way to travel.

A Different Kind of Working Vacation

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Keeping Watch Photo, Montana, United States
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I am insane. At least, that's what friends and family tell me. None of them have really been able to understand why I do such dangerous and unusual things - one of them being wildland firefighting. I do the job because it is important, but there are fringe benefits to it as well. Not too many people on the outside would think of it this way, but firefighting is really an adventure. That's why I've decided to write about this on a travel site. I get to see the country, make new friends, and do work that I can really feel good about at the end of the day. What better working vacation could you have? Wildland firefighters come from all over the world and from many different professions. Some a...Read More

So, you want to be a firefighter, huh?

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Wildland firefighting is definitely a great opportunity for adventure, but it is not easy by any stretch. It is definitely not for everyone. Firefighters must be physically fit, level-headed, and highly trained in order to perform the job safely and effectively. Each individual who would like to become a wildland firefighter must first pass an arduous duty physical and "pack test." For the pack test, each firefighter must carry a 45-pound backpack 3 miles in 45 minutes or less. Running is not allowed. It takes a good level of physical fitness and discipline to make the brisk walk to the finish line in the allotted time. This ensures that each individual is capable of keeping up with physical...Read More