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Friday, August 01, 2014
 
Becoming a wildland firefighter
How to become a member of the Inbound family

 

 

Current job openings:  We are now interviewing for the following positions for the 2014 Fire Season:

 

-ENGINE BOSS  

We have a one engine that needs a good engine boss.  We are looking for professional firefighters who will represent the work ethic needed to gain the trust of our biggest customers.  We will provide reliable equipment and eager good engine personnel to support you.


-Firefighter Type 1 Squad Bosses and Type 2 (experienced) -  We are looking for good hard workers with previous experience. We offer competitive wages and a strong crew to work with with good reliable equipment.

 

-Sawyers - If you are an experienced sawyer, we have a home for you.

 

-New Firefighters - We have completed hiring for new firefighters for the 2014 season.  We will continue to interview and hire experienced firefighters. 

 

*All jobs are in Oregon but may require company provided transportation to any of the 50 US states.

*incentives for those who have additional skills and licenses.

 

ALL EMPLOYEES ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE THE FOLLOWING COURSES.  THE COURSES ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH FEMA AS INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSES.  FEMA WILL EMAIL YOU CERTIFICATES OF COMPLETION.  PLEASE FORWARD YOUR CERTIFICATES TO inbound@inboundllc.com.

IS 100(b) FEMA Course


EXPERIENCED EMPLOYEES WHO ARE TRANSFERRING FROM ANOTHER COMPANY MUST COMPLETE THE FORMS BELOW:

Transfer form #1 - Company transfer

Use Transfer Form #1 to notify the NWSA to move you from a former company to Inbound.

Transfer form #2 - Employee transfer

Use Transfer Form #2 to notify your previous employer that you intend to work for Inbound.

 

*Please note that both transfer forms should be filled out and signed and faxed to 503-977-6060.


DRIVERS MUST COMPLETE THE APPLICATION BELOW AND TAKE A PHYSICAL EXAM.

MSPA Drivers Application:  http://www.dol.gov/whd/forms/wh530.pdf

First time drivers need the following:
-Physical Exam that results in a wallet sized card that the driver must carry - Good for two years
-Fingerprints
-Application at link above, pages number 1 and 4 only (Check the FLCE Initial box)
-Copy of drivers license

Returning drivers need the following:
-Physical exam if the one on file is older than 2 years
-Fingerprints if the original application is greater than 3 years
-Copy of drivers license
-Application at link above, pages number 1 and 4 only (check the FLCE Renewal box)

Please have all notices sent to:

7618 SW Locust Street
Portland OR  97223

Our company information

Inbound, LLC      FLC Number C-09-741977-J-15-R
Activity to begin the date of hire, or estimated date if no hire date is determined

-Drivers must be 21 years old and complete drivers training and orientation.
-Please keep a copy of the entire application packet, fingerprints too, as the DOL often times loses them.  Also, always send them in registered mail so we can track their receipt by the DOL.
-Mail applications (registered mail) to the address on the bottom of page 6 at the link above

How to make an appointment for a non-CDL driver physical: 

For those of you who live in the Eugene/Springfield area, please follow the directions below.


  • Call Cascade Occupational Health at 541 228 3000.

  • Tell appointment maker that you need a DOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) physical exam.

  • They are part of Cascade Health Solutions located behind Pet Smart across from Costco, on Suzanne Way (a cross street with Chad Drive, in the vicinity of the intersection of Coburg Road and Beltline).

  • Cost will be put on Inbound's account.

  • They will provide you copies of the Doctor's Certificate, which you are responsible for delivering to Inbound.

  • You will probably be at Cascade for at least one hour.

 

Getting fingerprinted in Eugene:

  • Lane County Sheriff's Public Fingerprinting Unit is in the Lane County Courthouse building, at 125 E. 8th Avenue, in Room 140 (Police Services).  Use the sidewalk-level entrance off Oak Street near the corner with 7th Avenue.

  • Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Take a number and sit down; it is first-come-first-served.  This office provides other services; so plan on some waiting, and get there well before 5 p.m.

  • If you have questions, call 541 682 3906.  It is answered Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license, is required.

  • The fingerprint card costs $15 to $20, cash or check only; there is an ATM on premises.  Inbound will reimburse this expense, so save your receipt.

  • You will receive fingerprint card, and you are responsible for delivering it and the receipt to Inbound.  Do not bend the fingerprint card, even to mail it.

 

Application:

 

*These files are provided for employee use and information.  Inbound will provide a complete application package during company wide orientation.  During this time we will cover the company safety and health policies and ensure a comprehensive application is complete and on file.

Required Employment Forms:


Some Useful Links:

 


 

Upcoming Trainings: 

All training has been completed for the 2014 Fire Season.  We will hold an S131/S133 Squad Boss class in October.



Please check back for updates.  Check in regularly (currently every three days) with Jody at 541-782-1814, or by email or facebook.

How to become an Inbound Firefighter

Veterans

Inbound actively seeks out veterans of the armed services to employ under the federal and state contracts that we receive.  We proudly employ several disabled veterans and find that veterans perform very well in the type of work that we specialize in.

 

Becoming a member of the Inbound Wildland Firefighter family

New Wildland Firefighters

Those with no previous wildland firefighting experience are required to complete the entry level wildland firefighting five day course. Scheduled class dates may be found by checking in regularly with the office.

Interested individuals will need to be selected to attend the company provided wildland firefighting training. All candidates will need to pass the work capacity test in order to successfully complete the course. Upon the completion of the training and pack test, individuals will be qualified as beginning level firefighters (FFT-2).  Please call Inbound at 503-473-4851 or send an email to inbound@inboundllc.com to express interest in upcoming training events.

Experienced Wildland Firefighters

Those with previous wildland firefighting experience will be considered on an individual basis. Qualified firefighters’ records will be reviewed to establish currency and experience requirements meet or exceed PMS 310-1.

Note: Individuals with structural firefighting experience should contact the Company’s training manager to see if their previous training meets Inbound's training requirements.

 

Job Description

Wildland firefighters that work for Inbound have outstanding work ethic, are extremely dependable, and are self-disciplined individuals with a desire to perform the daily challenges, while exhibiting a healthy respect for Mother Nature's role in the big picture!


Duties while assigned on an incident:


-Perform as a professional wildland firefighter on a hand crew or engine crew during a wildfire or prescribed burn

-Work outdoors in remote and exteme conditions with overnight camping under less than ideal conditions.

-Comply with the safety standards and work techniques to mitigate risk while on a hazardous duty assignment

-Contain and suppress wildland fires and perform duties as assigned

-Use hand tools, equipment and techniques to accomplish objectives

-Perform basic fireline activities including line construction, hose lays, and the removal of fuels

Skills and Abilities:

-Become a student of human behavior and extreme fire behavior
-Grow in your ability to lead a crew under extreme conditions

CRWB/ENGB responsibilities .
-Maintain gear readiness per below
-Maintain OSHA 300 Log-Document accidents on log
-801 forms when accident occurs (faxed to office within 24 hours)
-Promissory notes (have employees sign for draws)
-Petty Cash log (Dillon to provide petty cash)
-Time Sheets sent in daily and bi-weekly (hopefully copies of CTRs.)  Track driver hours, sawyer hours, safety bonus suspensions, and draws. Document who trainees are.  Write HOTLINE and Sawyers on CTRs if applicable.  ENGB write crew member names on daily shift tickets
-Receipts for credit card purchases and petty cash purchases.  (turn in at end of assignment for reconciliation.  Use expense report as a log).  Jerry has more if you need them.
-Gear readiness per contract
-Vehicles maintained and ready per contract (fire extinguishers, first aid kits, insurance cards, vehicle ID, etc...).  Made ready for dispatch upon return from incident.
-Radios (meet required amounts and standards - working correctly)
-Saws (meet required amounts and standards - working correctly).  See saw boss/sawyer responsibilities below.
-Adequate Nomex
-Weather Kits
-Appropriate copies of contract
-Copies of red cards
-Copies of blue cards
-First Aid kits
-Cloning cable
-Contact with crew members
-Vehicle mileage logs kept (one for each rig)
-Keep copies of vehicle inspections at incident
-Time Sheets CTRS/shift tickets (submit per payroll calendar and back to office when returning)
-Keep daily safety meeting minutes (submit back to office when returning)
-Keep copies of daily IAP (submit back to office when returning)
-Adequate air filters, chains, etc...
-Turn in copies of invoices/evals when returning from incident
-Ensure copies of CTRs/evals are made for every persons file (will provide office support) when returning from incident.
-Portable drug test kit
-Gear Issue logs

Driver Responsibilities:
-Maintain rigs in inspection ready shape and present at incidents (arrival and demob)
-Ensure your jack and lug wrenches work.
-Insurance Card
-Blue Card
-No talking on cell while driving
-Seatbelts mandatory while in motion
-Maintain cleanliness of vehicle
-Check fluid levels and tire condition when fueling
-Enforce no smoking in the vehicle policy
-Stop frequently for smoke breaks, stretching, rest, clean out garbage
-No alcohol
-Notify CRWB if under doctor's treatment (presciptions)
 -Please do not bring garbage home from the incident
-Upon return from an incident, ensure rigs are ready for dispatch.  Clean and gassed up.  Those riding in the rigs should be encouraged to help
-Stay together, lights on while traveling. 
-Obey traffic laws
-Eligible for safe driving bonus (CRWB to document miles driven on daily time sheets for each driver)
 
Squadboss Responsibilities:
-Take orders from CRWB and ensure they are carried out with resources assigned.
-Maintain contact with FFT2, mentor as appropriate
-Sign FFT1-T position task book lines.  Be sure to document them correctly.
-Ensure no-smoking policy in rigs is followed
-Ensure other FFT1 gear is ready for inspection
-Assist in the gear issue, mobilization process
-Know radio ediquate and follow it
-Know how to program a radio by hand
-Ensure all members have lunches and are watered up
-Set a good example
-Follow the companies drug and alcohol policies and enforce violations
-Follow the companies harrassment policy and enforce violations
 
Sawboss Responsibilities:
-Maintain saws in inspection ready shape and present at incidents
-Maintain saw kit, spare parts, etc...
-Maintain adequate eye protection, hearing protection, and other OSHA required chaps, gloves, etc...
-Ensure adequate gas, mix, and bar oil.
-Ensure appropriate MSDS sheets in CRWB book
-Ensure safe saw practices are followed at all times
-Post lookouts when working around saws
-Ensure MIST are followed as appropriate
-Ensure saws are sharpened, fueled, and ready for action before each period
-Eligible for safe sawyer bonus (CRWB to document actual saw hours for each sawyer on CTR)

Position Requirements

Inbound takes pride in providing professional wildland firefighting contract crews that uphold the standards and values of the profession. Through hard work, determination and preparedness, our wildland firefighters consistently receive high marks for their performance while on assignment.

Inbound recognizes that our personnel represent the organization’s strongest asset. Providing a safe and drug free work environment is of the utmost importance at Inbound and is considered paramount to the success of our business. For this reason, Inbound has established a zero tolerance drug and alcohol policy and the Code of Conduct for our supervisors.

All interested candidates must be at least 18 years of age in order to become a wildland firefighter.

Fitness Requirements

Wildland firefighting requires a high level of physical fitness in order to safely perform the work.  You can expect difficult environmental conditions including uneven terrain, extreme temperatures, and smoke. A physical fitness test is required to ensure individual and crew safety.

The minimum Required Physical Fitness Test is a three-mile hike carrying a forty-five pound pack. The test must be completed in under 45 minutes.

**Notice: Inbound, LLC's wildland fire suppression crews are expected to exceed this minimum fitness standard.


War Bag Basics
 
 
The War bag
·         A duffel type bag that is capable of carrying about 50 lbs
·         Every fire dispatch may require air travel, so be prepared
·         The bag must be durable and you can count on its durability being tested while on an incident
·         Minimal pockets our zippers
·         Inbound is not responsible for damage to anything in your war bag, so please don't pack breakable items
 
Personal Protective Equipment
PP & E Personal protection & equipment is the gear you must have on the fire line. This will include:
·         Hard Hat and Headlamp (Company Provided)                                             
·         Fire shelter (Company Provided)                                        
·         Boots (8” Vibram Sole leather) (Employee Provided, eligible for boot allowance after 30 days of work)               
·         Line pack (Company Provided if needed)                                           
·         2 sets Nomex (shirt and pants) (Company Provided)
·         Goggles and safety glasses (Company Provided)                                           
·         Leather gloves ( make sure they are your size) (Company Provided)    
                                   
Optional equipment:
 
·         Lunch (During the first 24 hrs you supply your own food)
·         Rain gear ( it does rain hard out there) (Employee provided)
·         Extra Hearing Protection (Company provides two pair)
·         At least one quart of water (must be full when you arrive at the fire)
 
War bag includes personal items provided by employees

·         28 pairs of socks ( Your feet are your paycheck take care of them two pair/day)
·         14 pair of underwear
·         14 tee shirts
·         A pair of shorts
·         One city outfit
·         Shower gear
·         Personal bag( tooth brush & paste, shower gear, one towel- paper towels are supplied, deodorant, shower shoes)
·         Compass, GPS, whistle, pocket size mirror
·         Wool cap and sleeping gear
·         Personal items such as sleeping bag, pillow, cot (optional), tent (two person or smaller), book, alarm clock
·         Poison Oak Medicine
·         Sweatshirt or Jacket, something to keep you warm on cold mornings
·         Personal first aid for blisters, bandaids

Wildland Firefighting Common Questions

How do you get promoted to supervisor?
How do we get to the fire and what is our plan for accomodations?
Where does Inbound typically fight fires?
Do I have to live nearby the dispatch site?
What equipment is provided and what equipment do I need to provide?
What is the work capacity fit test (pack test)?
What type of identification is required?
How long does the training take, and are there any fees?
Will I work long hours?  How much should I expect to make?
When does the job begin and how many hours will I work?
Is there a minimum age requirement to fight fires?
Can firefighting be dangerous?
What does a wildland firefighter do?
As an on-call firefighter for Inbound, LLC, what can I expect?



Inbound maintains a competency and performance based qualification system that evaluates an individual's job competence and fire experience combined with formal classroom training. Inbound offers advanced training opportunities for those individuals demonstrating leadership and meeting the established competentcies for the position.


Inbound provides transportation to and from the fire. You will likely be traveling by truck although we do have one van.  We sometimes are required to hike or take a helicopter into isolated locations.  Once we arrive at the incident, we will be staying in a government provided fire camp, a camp located near the fire where we can pitch our tents, eat, bathe, and rest up for the next day.

 

 

Inbound is called when the nation's forests are on fire.  Inbound has both national and state firefighting contracts and provides fire hand crews and engines to support suppression efforts. This allows us to respond to local fires in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and anywhere else in the continental United States.  We have fought fires in more than 13 states over the past 5 years.

 

 

It is preferred that you live within a two hour radius of our equipment dispatch location.  Our hand crews are located in Oakridge, Oregon.  We must be ready to roll to the incident within 2 hours of being dispatched. 

 

 

The Company will provide all personal protective equipment required for the position including nomex flame resistant shirts and pants, hard hat, goggles, fire shelter, head lamp, gloves, day pack, hearing protection, and eye protection.  The recommended personally provided gear for wildland firefighters will be discussed during training. You should have a good pair of fire boots (leather work boots, lace-up, 8" high, vibrum soles, non-steel toed), a tent and a sleeping bag, and your personal items.

 

The work capacity fitness test, also referred to as the "pack test", is a three mile hike while carrying a 45 pound pack. This test must be completed in less than 45 minutes.  The pack test can be retaken under certain circumstances, and may require a doctors release.


 

You must have two forms of government issued ID, one of which must have a picture. Student ID cards are not an acceptable form of government picture ID. Driver's licenses, social security cards and government issued passports are all acceptable forms of government issued ID.  Our training manager will evaluate your identification for compliance to the contract requirements.

 

 

The entry-level, basic firefighting training (S130/S190) is a 40 hour course (5 days). You must attend all of the training in order to be issued your red card. There is no fee for the training if you intend to work for the Company during the wildfire season.

 

 

Wildland firefighters often work long hours, averaging 12-14 hours a day (80-100hrs/week). You may be dispatched to wildfire assignments for up to 14 days straight or more if fire conditions warrant.

The starting wage is approximately $13.60/hr which consists of a base pay of $9.79/hr plus $3.81/hr for 'health and welfare' benefits. Health and welfare is subject to change based on government contract specifications. Health and welfare is not subject to overtime pay.

Overtime hours worked will be paid at time and a half, not including benefits.

WORK WEEK: A work week is Monday thru Sunday               Pay peroids: Payperiods are bi-weekly.


 

Wildland firefighter positions are seasonal, on-call positions. The duration of these positions is very unpredictable based on factors such as weather conditions, ignitions and fuel moisture content. Based on the trends of past years, the wildfire season can begin as early as June and end as late as November.

 

 

Wildland firefighters must be at least 18 years of age.

 

 

Wildland firefighting is absolutely a dangerous profession.  We have implented saftey procedures and risks are minimized by providing supervisors experienced in fire behavior and the company requirements to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment and by working together and following company policies.  We offer several field day operations in the pre-season to reinforce the use of PP&E and we use a mentoring system so each new firefighter has a mentor, a person with more than one season of experience, during their first season.

 

 

Wildland firefighters work under difficult and extreme conditions.   Typically they are self disciplined outdoor types who are in excellent physical condition and enjoy working closely with 19 other crewmembers. During incidents they aid in the suppression of fires by constructing fireline, fuels reduction, and hose lays and other duties as assigned.


 

As an on-call seasonal firefighter you will be compensated for the time in which you are working, including during travel to the fire. The time during which you are waiting for a dispatch call is not compensated.

 

Required Employment Forms:

Employment Application

2014 Payroll Calendar

W4 Form

I9 Form Employee Verification

Wage Agreement (WH-153)

Harassment Policy

Inbound Employee Handbook

WH-151 Rights of Workers

MSPA Drivers Application:  http://www.dol.gov/whd/forms/wh530.pdf

First time drivers need the following:

-Physical Exam that results in a wallet sized card that the driver must carry - Good for two years
-Fingerprints
-Application at link above, pages number 1 and 4 only (Check the FLCE Initial box)
-Copy of drivers license

Returning drivers need the following:
-Physical exam if the one on file is older than 2 years
-Fingerprints if the original application is greater than 3 years
-Copy of drivers license
-Application at link above, pages number 1 and 4 only (check the FLCE Renewal box)

Please have all notices sent to:

7618 SW Locust Street
Portland OR  97223

Our company information

Inbound, LLC      FLC Number C-09-741977-J-15-R
Activity to begin the date of hire, or estimated date if no hire date is determined

-Drivers must be 21 years old and complete drivers training and orientation.
-Please keep a copy of the entire application packet, fingerprints too, as the DOL often times loses them.  Also, always send them in registered mail so we can track their receipt by the DOL.
-Mail applications (registered mail) to the address on the bottom of page 7 at the link above

 

 
 
 

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