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Types of Firefighters

Ministry of Environment Staff Crews (Type 1)

Type 1 crews are made up of trained and experienced seasonal Ministry of Environment staff and are located in each Forest Protection Area. These crews perform initial attack and sustained action activities on wildland fires.

Type 1 crew leaders and crew members may also supervise Type 2 and Type 3 crews on sustained action fires. Type 1 firefighters have assisted other jurisdictions during wildfire and other emergencies/events when available.

Find current seasonal employment postings.

First Nations and Northern Community Crews (Type 2)

Type 2 crews are contracted through formal agreements with First Nations organizations and northern communities (Northern Forest Protection Worker Training Program). These crews, located in various communities and reserves near or within the commercial forest, consist of five fire fighters including the crew leader.

Type 2 crews provide firefighting services as needed and work on projects within their home communities or reserves in times of low fire danger. Type 2 crews are primarily used on sustained action fires. Type 2 crews may also assist Type 1 crews on the initial response to new wildfires.

Emergency Fire Personnel (Type 3)

Type 3 crews are made up of qualified fire fighters hired on an emergency basis. Type 3 crews are used to support Type 1 and Type 2 crews working on sustained action wildfires and are normally used on fire line that is under control or in the mop-up stage, or low in complexity and expected fire behaviour.

The ministry offers emergency firefighter training each year at various times and locations. To find out about available training, contact the ministry's Inquiry Centre at 1-800-567-4224.

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