Women in Wildland Firefighting Training Camp

The U.S. Forest Service, San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, Angeles National Forest is seeking women interested in careers in wildland firefighting. The Women in Wildfire Training Camp is a pathway for women from underrepresented communities to prepare for careers in wildland fire - a profession that they may not have previously considered. 

Minimum Qualification Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be in good mental and physical condition
  • Must be able to pass the basic wildland firefighter training (provided)
  • Must be able to pass the agency’s Work Capacity Test at the Arduous level

Camp participants will have the opportunity to pass the Work Capacity Test prior to entering the camp. The work capacity test involves a 3-mile walk that must be completed wearing a 45-pound weight vest, which will be provided, in under 45 minutes.
Participants will learn about careers in wildland fire with the Forest Service through classroom and hands-on field exercises. Individuals selected for this opportunity will be provided with a comprehensive wildland fire orientation, professional development, formal firefighter training, training certification, and physical agility training. Personal protective equipment and line gear will be provided.


This seven day and six night Camp is held at The Don Biedebach Regional Training Center on the Angeles National Forest located at 12372 N. Little Tujunga Canyon Road, San Fernando, California. Participants will be staying in barracks with meals provided.

Training Provided

Firefighting Training and Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior: This introductory course is designed to train entry-level firefighters. Participants will be introduced to and gain knowledge of the basic incident management organization, firefighting techniques, suppression equipment, safety, strategy, and tactics along with fire behavior. Field exercises will be performed for valuable hands-on training. Other training will include:

  • Fuel, Topography, and Weather
  • Fire Behavior
  • Preparedness, Incident Command Systems, and Resources
  • Look Outs, Communication, Escape Routes, and Safety Zones (LCES)
  • Potential Hazards and Human Factors on the Fireline
  • Transportation Safety
  • Hand Tools, Firing Devices, and Water Use
  • Suppression, Communication, and Mop-up
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Wildland Urban Interface
  • Optional Knowledge Areas
  • Performance Day Requirements
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS) - An Introduction to Fire ShelterTraining
  • Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS) - an Online course that must be completed prior to completion of Work Capacity Test

Work Capacity Test - More information

Employment Available

There are multiple opportunities to obtain a wildland firefighter position. Temporary, Administratively Determined (on-call), and other seasonal summer opportunities are available. This training camp opportunity will not guarantee any type of employment. However, the Training Camp does provide certification, knowledge, and skills that will enable participants to be competitive when applying for wildland firefighter positions. In addition, camp participants will receive professional development such as resume building, application workshops, and networking opportunities during the Training Camp. Participation in the training will allow you access to professionals in the field of firefighting and other professions in the Forest Service. In addition, various female leaders from the fire community (e.g., hotshot crews, firefighters, trainers, etc.) will provide mentorship as well as training. All these relationships can lead to future job and career opportunities in firefighting and with the federal government.

Entry-level Wildland Fire Position Description

Woman firefighter cutting handline

If you obtain a position in wildland fire, duties may include the following:

  • Participate in training and physical fitness.
  • Keep yourself and your equipment fit for duty, and in response-ready condition
  • Travel and work 14 and possibly 21-day assignments, including traveling out of the state
  • Safely engage in wildland fire suppression and emergency response operation activities
  • Exposure to primitive living conditions such as camping in wilderness areas away from electricity, showers, and with no cell phone reception for several days
  • Wildland firefighters can operate in close proximity to open flames, heat, and smoke
  • Work can be physically demanding, requiring up to 16 hour work days for up to 14 days in a row without a day off
  • The work consists of hiking, carrying heavy equipment, operating fire apparatus, working near heavy machinery, and using hand tools such as shovels, Pulaskis, and chainsaws, sometimes in highly stressful situations
  • Respect, flexibility, understanding, and teamwork are the foundation of any good firefighter and firefighting crew. Exhibiting these principles both on and off the clock is very important