WILDLAND FIRE HELITACK CREW


Employment Opportunity

This Wildland Fire Fighting Crew position provides the right individual with a unique opportunity to work as a team member alongside people with similar interests. It offers the chance to see different and remote areas of Alberta and to assist in preserving Alberta's natural resources.

These members of our Helitack wildland fire crews are only recruited from Treaty Seven Band members or non-members living on a Treaty Seven Reserve.

The position is a challenging one, bringing with it a feeling of personal satisfaction and accomplishment.
Crew members must maintain a state of good health and physical fitness to endure the rigorous training and at times arduous working conditions. The fitness standard reflects the very real dangers that accompany firefighting. On a fire, a high-energy output over extended periods is normal, and good physical conditioning helps mitigate the risk of fatigue related accidents.

Prior to training camp, all candidates must have, and be able to show proof of; a valid standard first aid certificate with CPR, a driver's license (or a minimum of a learners permit for the first year) with current drivers abstract and a defensive driving certificate.

Video about Alberta Wildland Firefighter - Helitack Program (HAC)

Qualifications

  • First Nations member living in Southern Alberta
  • Aged 18 years and over
  • Must have valid First Aid certificate with CPR before training start date
  • Must be physically fit and pass the intensive fitness test
  • Willingness to travel throughout Alberta for extended periods of time
  • Must have a driver's license (or a minimum of a learners permit for the first year) with current drivers abstract and a defensive driving certificate before training start date
  • Must be a team player
  • Ability to work well under pressure and in adverse conditions
  • Must have steel toed boots

How to Apply:

Send your resume to Aboriginal Futures by February 14, 2018.

  • Drop off resume to Aboriginal Futures at 200, 6011 – 1A Street SW
  • Fax Resume to 403-253-5741
  • Email Resume to info@aboriginalfutures.com.

Medical Screening

Before any physical fitness testing is conducted, all candidates must complete a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) and sign an Informed Consent. Those candidates who have answered "Yes" to any of the PAR-Q questions will require a doctor's written permission to take part in the testing and will be required to submit this document at check-in.

Physical Activity Readiness Questionaire

Physical Fitness

At a location designated by the area office, all applicants selected must complete a physical fitness test. Members are tested throughout the season and must be able to meet the following minimum physical fitness standards at all times. Failure to do so may result in the member being released from the program.

The WFX-FIT Test
Pack-Man: WFX-Fitness Test Video

Fitness Training

Physical training is recommended four to six weeks prior to attempting this fitness test. For guidelines for training, see:

6 Week Training Program
WFX - Circuit Description

Fire Training (March 27 - April 5, April 24 to May 3, April 27 to May 6 or May 1 to 10, 2018)


The Helitack training course is held each year at the Hinton Training Centre in Hinton, Alberta. Job offers are extended upon successful completion of the training.

The Helitack training course is held each year at the Hinton Training Centre in Hinton, Alberta. Job offers are extended upon successful completion of the training.

  • Instructors conduct continuous assessments of each candidate's attitude, competence, suitability, job knowledge, ability to follow instructions and fitness.
  • Training includes both theory and practical in subjects such as:
    • Radio
    • Equipment use and maintenance
    • Map and compass reading
    • Firefighting methods
    • Fire weather/behaviour
    • Helicopter safety
    • Pump and chainsaw training
    • Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS)
    • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
    • Bear safety
  • Candidates are subjected to stressful conditions with morning fitness classes at 0600 hours each day, seven days a week. Attendance is mandatory.
  • There will be occasional evening lectures, written exams on fire theory, practical application, and the use of fire fighting equipment.
  • The candidate will progress from the basics, from proper care and usage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), to helicopter operations.
  • Safety is of the utmost importance: anyone failing to display a safety-conscious attitude will not be accepted. The training is strenuous, and candidates will be assessed and selected in accordance to the above guidelines and to their suitability for the program.
  • A final test pulls knowledge from all the things you have learned from the course.

Pending training completion, crew members will report to their Forest Area, where they will live and work together in strategically placed fire bases.

During a typical season, members may experience varied periods of fire action. The remainder may include project work, proficiency training or deployment to other regions while waiting for fire action.

Crews will usually have trailer/bunkhouse accommodations. In some cases, members may be expected to cook for themselves. Members can also be based in tent camps in remote locations and overnight on a fire to extinguish it.

Members are expected to supply sleeping bags, CSA-approved safety footwear (good leather steel toed work boots with vibram style non-slip soles and a 8-inch (20-centimetre tops), rain gear, adequate work clothing, running shoes, exercise clothing, and personal items.

The employment period will vary depending on the location. The approximate period may be from April 1 to September 30 and may be extended depending on the fire hazard.

Due to the helicopter payload limitations, there may be a weight restriction for individuals accepted into the program.
Crews are required to work a 15-day shift with six days off.

Crews will be expected to move for work throughout the province and country and may be away for up to 18 days. Due to aircraft transportation limits, members are limited to 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of personal gear. This should consist of your work boots, work gloves and clothing, sleeping bag, rain gear, running shoes, exercise clothing and personal items.

Rates of Pay

The range for Helitack members will be from $21.61 - $26.60 per hour, depending on a member's experience.

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