We have a program specific to those coming from out of state
Come experience the pacific northwest and battle wildfires
We have very specific programs in place for those who don't live in Oregon but want to help out with the wildfires.
The majority of the required training to become a wildland firefighter can be completed online at your own pace (desktop or mobile device). Once your online courses are complete you will need to attend an in-person training to finalize your certification as a wildland firefighter. you can pick one of three options listed below.
Three Travel Options For Training
Come to a training in the spring and head back home until the fire season starts. You will be given three days notice when it's time to head to Oregon. This way you can enjoy your time at home until the fire season begins.
Start of Season Training
Come to a training that's scheduled very close to the predicted start of the fire season and stay in the area until our first fire call. This way you can be ready to go right away when the calls come in.
Level Four Training
Come to a training when we have started sending out our crews. Similar to the start of season training, but you don't travel to Oregon until we've already begun working. Be ready to fight fire shortly after finishing your training.
Hear from individuals who traveled to Oregon to fight fires
OUT OF STATE FAQs
q: do I HAVE TO LIVE IN OREGON?
A: No. We have many employees who live in other states. When we start dispatching crews we will notify you that it's time to head to Oregon.
Q: What if I don't live in Oregon but I'm still in the PNW?
A: We have a lot of employees who live 3 to 4 hours away. As long as we know where you are we can work with you.
Q: WHAT ARE SOME LODGING OPTIONS?
A: Most of our firefighters choose to stay at nearby hostels, campgrounds, or stay with friends from their crew. We have a Facebook group specifically for firefighters looking for lodging options.
Q: does db PAY FOR TRAVEL?
A: Once your crew mobilizes to a fire, all travel expenses are paid. You are responsible for travel to the dispatch location.
Q: WHEN SHOULD i COME TO Oregon?
A: Dust Busters will tell you when it is time to come to Oregon. Make sure to call the office regularly to check in.
Q: SHOULD I HEAD HOME AFTER MY FIELD TRAINING?
A: There are a few options and it is totally up to you. Please see our travel options section for more detail. Whatever you decide, ensure you communicate with the office so we know where you are.
Q: How close to Eugene do I have to be during the season?
A: The closer the better, ideally within an hour. Some dispatches require the crew to be on the road quickly. Being closer may maximize your dispatching opportunities. Regardless of your location, please communicate with the office so we know where you are.
q: Do I have to find somewhere to stay during the training?
A: Your lodging and meals will be provided during your field training.
Q: What are the physical fitness requirements?
A: At your field training you will be required to pass the Work Capacity Fitness Test (packtest). Don't come from out of state if you're not ready to pass the packtest.