Growing up at the base of the Sierra Mountains in California sparked my interests in hunting and fishing at an early age. over the years I slowly got to see more forests, experience different ecosystems and expand my horizons from the valley of california where the phenomenon of waterfowl that migrate in the pacific flyway takes place to the Rocky Mountains and the abundant wildlife in Montana. The passion of hunting and fishing has become more than just a pastime to me. It has become my life and what I shape my life around. While I do still love to hunt and fish, harvesting animals and catching fish is not my everything. My mind has turned to the importance of preserving our land and natural resources so that my one day kids and our future generations to come can see and experience the same woods that I grew up in. Being a wildland firefighter gives me a sense of pride in preserving and protecting our future.
Being a wildland firefighter means so much to me. I want to continue to strive forward and learn as many things throughout this career as I can. It would be amazing to have the opportunity to protect urban and wildland interface, see new terrain as well as learn about the different places and public opportunities that our country has to offer. My end goal in this career is to be able to reach a point where I can share my knowledge and my experiences to younger individuals just like so many people have done for me.
I have worked a handful of jobs that created life long skills. Through these experiences, I learned how to work with customers, as well as be a part of a team setting. These skills are very important do to the fact that working with other individuals is something that I will most likely do for the rest of my life. Being able to keep a healthy and fun work setting will help things run smoother and keep individuals excited about the job at hand. On top of working well with others, I like to think of myself as someone who is reliable and can solve problems. I am a strong believer in hard work ethic. It is important to me to work smart as well as continue to push myself physically in order to be at peak performance for life in general. I am always thinking, learning and listening. This brings me to my most important moral. I am not "the my way is the only way" individual. I like learning from others as well as sharing my knowledge. All and all, I was raised to give my all to every job and that is something I promise to every employer that might higher me.
I am looking forward to meeting you
-Served as an FFT2 crew member on a type 6 engine
-Operated an Engine used to pump and distributed water necessary to the suppression and extinguishing of wildland fires
-Primed pumps and used the correct hoses, adjusters and nozzles to to get an adequate amount of water to the fire
-Operated portable pumps and drafted water from different water sources
-Lay and directed hose in the use of water
-Operated a chainsaw as a faller 3
-Drove the engine all around our forest and on forest roads
-Sharpened and maintained tools such as chainsaws, Pulaski's, falling axes, combination tools, hoes
-disassembled, cleaned and reassembled chainsaws
-worked as a swamper
-Learned how to mop-up in an effective and efficient manner
-Painted tools and finished tool handles by sanding and applying linseed oil
-Collected different fuels such as douglas fir over and under story, juniper, sage, duff, soil, 10 hour, 100 hour and 1000 hour fuels and used a dehumidifier
-Learned land navigation and used a compass and map for triangulation as well as reading townsquares
-Took lead and developed some morning pt trainings for the crew
-Became proficient in the use of bk handheld radios and cloning
-Habitat improvement for aspen trees by eliminating encroaching tree species such as lodge pole pine and douglas fir
Worked on the production floor making fishing waders. trained and operated Heat presses, clickers, taping and sewing machines.
Worked on the river as well as in camp facilities. Checked guests in for rafting trips, cooked, cleaned and guided guests down class 3 and 4 rapids on the south fork American river.
Outside facilities and carts. Took trash out, cleaned golf carts, picked balls on the driving range and closed the Country club at night.
Montana State University- pursuing bachelors of science in Kinesiology and a minor in coaching with intended graduation of spring 2022
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