2019 EFF training set for BLM AFS Galena and Tanana zones

Schedule of training for EFF in Tanana and Galena Zone villages.

Schedule of training for EFF in Tanana and Galena Zone villages.

The schedule for federal emergency firefighter (EFF) training for the 2019 fire season has been set for the Galena and Tanana Fire Management Zones. Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) will facilitate RT-130 Fireline Refresher Training and the Work Capacity Test (pack test) in 24 villages in rural Alaska starting with Grayling on March 25. Villages in the Kobuk Valley, Kusilvak and Norton Sound regions will also have First Aid and CPR training on the second day of training. The training schedule for villages in the BLM AFS Upper Yukon Zone is still under development and will be released at a later date.

Check the schedule on TCC’s website for updates at: https://www.tananachiefs.org/sustainability/forestry/firefighter-training-schedule/

All returning federal EFF firefighters and rookie candidates must first be medically cleared before they can participate in the pack test for the 2019 fire season. Those performing arduous duties will need medical exams once every three years and self-certify in between years. The goal of implementing the medical standards to increase safety by identifying pre-existing conditions that could be aggravated by the pack test and the arduous duty wildland firefighting. Others performing light and moderate duties need to complete a health screening questionnaire in order to be medically cleared for work. This requirement does not apply to Alaska Division of Forestry EFF.

Individuals who missed the mobile unit visits can schedule an exam at clinics in Fairbanks, Galena, Wasilla, Kenai, Anchorage, Kotzebue, Bethel, Yakutat, Juneau, Sitka, Petersburg, Kodiak and Soldotna. There is no cost to the EFF for the examination, however, if the individual chooses a location other than their local village, BLM AFS will not cover the associated travel costs. Fax the exam request forms to (907)356-5609 at least one week in advance to schedule the exam. Please allow time for results of the medical exams to be processed before being eligible for the pack test. All forms are posted on the AFS website at: https://afs.ak.blm.gov/eff.php

Crew bosses are asked to identify potential candidate to attend the Rookie Academy on May 18-23 to BLM AFS zone EFF representatives.

For more information, EFF candidates can email AFS_EFF@blm.gov or call EFF Program at 1-833-532-8810 or (907)356-5897.

Spring Training 2019 FlierSchedule for EFF in villages within the BLM AFS Galena and Tanana Zones. Click here (Spring Training 2019 Flier) for a PDF version of the schedule. 

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About BLM Alaska Fire Service

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (AFS) located at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, provides wildland fire suppression services for over 244 million acres of Department of the Interior and Native Corporation Lands in Alaska. In addition, AFS has other statewide responsibilities that include: interpretation of fire management policy; oversight of the BLM Alaska Aviation program; fuels management projects; and operating and maintaining advanced communication and computer systems such as the Alaska Lightning Detection System. AFS also maintains a National Incident Support Cache with a $10 million inventory. The Alaska Fire Service provides wildland fire suppression services for America’s “Last Frontier” on an interagency basis with the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Military in Alaska.

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