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The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is currently recruiting for Helitack Squad Bosses to become members of Washington state's Aviation Program. Helitack personnel are based out of Yakima and Tumwater while providing state-wide aviation support for fires throughout the season. Helitack personnel primarily perform initial attack firefighting often in remote locations (accessed by helicopter) and support DNR's firefighting helicopter fleet. Hired applicants will receive S-271 (Helicopter Crew Member) and A-219 (Helicopter Longline Remote Specialist) trainings and will perform duties as such on and off the fire line under the direction of the Helicopter Manager. The duration of these positions is generally 4-6 months.
Under the direction of a Helicopter Manager, the Helitack Squad Boss is responsible for the daily direction, and safe operation of a Helitack Squad performing pre-suppression, fire prevention and wildland fire suppression activities for the DNR.