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Wildland Firefighting Hand Crew 
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BC Rattlers

The Fire Technology Program at Bakersfield College in conjunction with the Sequoia National Forest is starting up a College Hand Crew.

If you are interested in participating in this new program you will need to be a Fire Technology student at BC, and have completed Fire B-71a. Once you have met those two requirements above and completed the application you will be asked to complete a medical physical and the Forest Service Pack test.

The Pack Test is scheduled for the end of the spring Fire B71a class, at the Olive Drive Fire Training Center. You will need to complete the following items, 1. The IS-700 FEMA online class (see the link below) and 2. Your medical physical exam, see the form below. You must complete both of these items and bring with you the printed out IS-700 certificate and your doctor signed medical evaluation showing you are medically ok to participate in the pack test,

Print out and take the medical form with you to the Dr. and bring with you to the pack test. print this medical  form and take it to your family doctor.

Everyone must complete the FEMA IS-700 online class. It is free and can be taken as a self paced online course in three hours, once you complete it print out the certificate and bring it with you to the pack test. The website address is http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/is700a.asp

Click here for information about the pack test.
Click here for a brochure on the pack test.


Tim Capehart

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More General NWCG Information:

Here is a link for more information about NWCG Click here.

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The BC HandCrew

The College Hand Crew first fire season got busy in September, with their first fires. The Hand Crew earn wages from the Forest Service for the Fall/Spring semesters and gained experience for their resumes. Good Job Students. To read a great article the Renegade Rip wrote about the crew click here.