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File photo of emergency firefighter candidates digging line during rookie training in the spring of 2018.

BLM AFS seeks contracts for Alaska village-based Type 2 wildland firefighting crews

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) is soliciting contracts for Type 2 wildland firefighting hand crews based in rural Alaska villages for the 2020 fire season. Multiple contractors may be selected to base crews in communities in the Upper Yukon, Tanana and Galena Fire Management Zones for quick response to fires […]

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Photo of emergency firefighter on the looking for spot fires.

BLM AFS 2019 Emergency Firefighter review

The BLM Alaska Fire Service uses Type 2 Emergency Firefighters (EFF)/Administratively Determined (AD) fire crews and single resource personnel to supplement its regular workforce in the event of wildfire emergencies. The program, which is separate from the State of Alaska’s EFF program, consists of over 500 individual federal AD firefighting personnel across three fire management […]

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2019 EFF training set for BLM AFS Galena and Tanana zones

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 […]

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Photo of rookie firefighters learning to organize as a crew during BLM AFS rookie school in May 2016.

More villages added to federal EFF medical exam schedule, others rescheduled due to weather

More villages were added to the schedule of mobile medical exams for federal emergency firefighters (EFF) in rural Alaska and others have been rescheduled after weather-caused cancellations. The changes to the schedule are (click on links for exam request forms): Tanana: rescheduled for Jan. 7 (exam request form – mooseheart crew) Arctic Village: cancelled due […]

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BLM Alaska Fire Service emergency firefighters learn how to grid, meaning searching an area in a straight line, to find hot spots during rookie training in 2018. Photo by Beth Ipsen, BLM AFS

Villages added to federal EFF medical exam schedule

The villages of Fort Yukon, Venetie, Arctic Village, Selawik, Minto and Tanana were added to the schedule of mobile medical exams for federal emergency firefighters (EFF) in rural Alaska. The additions to the schedule are (click on links for request forms): Selawik: Dec. 3 (Deadline to turn in Exam Request Form – Kobuk River form […]

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Photo of federal emergency firefighters candidates going through rookie training provided by BLM Alaska Fire Service in the spring of 2018.

AFS emergency firefighters to undergo medical exams starting in November

The BLM Alaska Fire Service, in partnership with the Department of Interior Medical Standards Program (DOI MSP), will soon deliver medical exams to federal emergency firefighters. The goal of the exams is to increase safety by identifying pre-existing conditions that could be aggravated by the arduous duty of wildland firefighting. The medical exams will be […]

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Yukon Koyukuk Crew Boss William "Papa" Penn leads four Type 2 emergency firefighter crews out on the tarmac to board a plan bound for the Lower 48 on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2017. Photo by Beth Ipsen, BLM AFS.

EFF crews head south to help with busy fire season

Four Type 2 Emergency Firefighter crews said goodbye to Alaska and its cloudy, rainy skies Sunday morning and headed to the heat of the Lower 48 to help with a busy fire season. The crews from Fairbanks and numerous rural villages boarded a plane bound for Spokane, Wash. where they will then be bussed to […]

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Members of the Type 2 EFF Upper Tanana #2 Crew line up to grid for hot spots on the Caribou Fire near the Canadian Border on Sept. 11, 2017. Photo by Neal Charlie//Alaska Division of Forestry

Last of the EFF crews to return from Lower 48 fire Sunday

(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – The final four of the 23 Type 2 emergency firefighter crews (EFF) who have fought fire in the Lower 48 this year are returning to Alaska Sunday afternoon after spending two weeks working on a wildfire in Montana. The returning crews – Nulato, Marshall, Upper Tanana #2 and Fairbanks #1 – are […]

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Alaska Fire Service EFF Spring Training Kicks Off This Weekend

April 8, 2016 (FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Emergency Firefighters return each year fresh from their time off to prepare for the new fire season. Before they can step into the vast Alaska landscape to engage wildland fires, they must first take a pack test and refresh their firefighting knowledge. The first batch of pack testing and […]

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Third jet load of Alaska EFF crews to depart on Friday

Aug. 13, 2014, 4:30 p.m. The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC) has received a request for a third jet load of Alaska Type 2 Emergency Firefighter (EFF) crews. They are scheduled to depart Ladd Field at Fort Wainwright on Friday, Aug. 15, for assignments in northern California. The crews have 20 firefighters each for a […]

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