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Vail hiring wildland firefighters

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The town of Vail has begun taking applications for six seasonal wildland firefighter positions that will be used to staff the town’s wildfire mitigation crew for the fourth consecutive season.

The crew members will work from May 10 to Oct. 31 and will assist with tree cutting, pile burns, property inspections and other assignments to support forest health projects, that will continue for the next several years. The new firefighters will also be available to respond to wildfire incidents in the surrounding area.

Applicants must have or show the ability to obtain a basic wildland firefighter certification as well as a tree cutting certification within 30 days of being hired. Applications are due March 12 and are available on the town’s web site at

Last season’s crew removed 557 hazardous trees on public property, completed a townwide hazardous tree assessment and performed free “firewise” property inspections. In addition, the crew responded to a wildfire in the West Vail area that burned about an acre of national forest.

During the upcoming season the crew will cut trees and brush in areas that border U.S. Forest Service land adjacent to private and town properties. In addition, there will be a cooperative effort with the Forest Service to improve safety on the North Trail and other trails that are within the town. The crew’s activities are managed by Tom Talbot, wildland coordinator for Vail Fire and Emergency Services.

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