Wildland fire agencies carry out a broad range of actions to protect the public, natural landscapes, wildlife habitat and recreational areas. Duties include fire suppression, preparedness, predictive services, vegetative fuels management, prescribed fire, community assistance and protection, and fire prevention through education. Safety of firefighters and the public are always the top priority.
Many people in wildland fire management start their careers as firefighters. Firefighting can include positions on an engine crew, hand crew, hotshot crew, fuels management crew, helitack crew, or becoming a smokejumper. However, not everyone involved in wildland fire is a firefighter. There are several opportunities within wildland fire that do not include working directly on the fireline. For example, the Great Basin Cache at NIFC is hiring laborers and drivers for fire year 2021.