Given that my professional attention span compares to that of a goldfish (3 seconds, for all you wondering) I have found interest in a new career field, deviating only slightly from my cozy, air-conditioned customer service job in running specialty. Feeling the imminent pressure of retirement and the need to establish my 401k, I began thinking about my next career move in December of last year. Ideally I wanted something with an element of excitement, yet financial security and good benefits because I needed to appease the adventure seeker inside me while simultaneously quieting my inner senior citizen.
Originally, I intended on applying for the police department in Redmond, WA but had also explored some options on USAJobs, sending my resume to a few postings that looked interesting. Low and behold, in March I received a phone call from Twin Falls, ID asking me to interview for a wildland firefighting position. I thought I had made up my mind with the police department, only a few weeks away from initial testing, but elected to interview with Idaho for "the practice" anyway.
So in May of 2015 I moved to the guard station in Carey, ID to begin my summer as a wildland firefighter. What a curious little setup this fire fighting gig, so reminiscent of college life living in a station (dorm) with 8 other crew members (strangers) and trying to form some semblance of cohesion. Though, as I would soon discover, I couldn't have asked for better crew members and friends. As it turns out, stressful and sometimes life-threatening experiences tend to bring you closer to those you share them with.
In coming posts I'll give you the full summer breakdown, but as a teaser I'll leave you with these images sans explanation...
Until next time!