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Protecting Our Forests From Fire

Summer is peak forest fire season. The weather is hot, so fallen branches and leaves can dry out and become highly flammable. Take a look at the brave firefighters who protect our lands from fires!

Forest Firefighters - Up Close and Personal With a Pro

He gets to ride around in a helicopter, work in the great outdoors and rescue our forests from fires. It's all in a day's work for 31 year-old Asa MacLaurin, a firefighter for The British Columbia Forest Protection Service in Nelson, BC, Canada. He's the leader of the initial attack crew, which means that his team is the first to arrive on the scene of a forest fire and check out how serious it is. If they can, his team will take care of the blaze or call for backup if it's needed.

Forest Firefighters - Training and Equipment

In the first year, you go through rookie boot camp where you learn all about fires and how to extinguish them, as well as safety procedures. Then they make you go through the most disgusting eating challenges known to man... just kidding. From there, most of the training is done on the job. The crew works out at the gym daily to keep in great shape.

The uniforms are similar to regular fireman's outfits. They're fire resistant, but the colors and hat style are different. Forest firefighters wear brightly-colored Nomex fire retardent blue pants and red shirts for high visibility in the bush. They also wear red hard hats, similar to a construction hat, as well as goggles, boots and gloves.

To get around, the crew travels by fire truck, helicopter and of course, on foot. Helicopters can quickly transport crews to dense forest areas with few roads and are equipped to drop water on fires.

Forest Firefighters - Thumbs Up

Every day is a different experience. You never know what to expect and it can be really exciting at times. Working in the beautiful outdoors with forests and mountains is a definite plus. Another great thing is you get to meet a lot of people.

The Forest Protection Service has a cross-border agreement, so when they need help on a fire in the US, the team will head down. On his role as a firefighter Asa says, "I feel fortunate to be a part of protecting our beautiful environment."

Forest Firefighters - Thumbs Down

Every day, you have to risk your life to save the lives of others - or in this case, save the forests. Weather, like high winds, can cause a fire to spread quickly and change direction without warning. And when the weather is rough, it can be freaky to fly in a chopper. It's a scary job, but someone's got to do it! But it's not always scary. In fact, it can get a bit boring. When there are no fires, the team does project work like repairing hiking trails and cleaning the forest.

Forest Firefighters - How's the $$$?

The money is pretty good cuz you only work five to six months of the year and can make anywhere from $18,000-36,000 US ($20,000-40,000 CDN).

Forest Firefighters - How Do I Become A Forest Firefighter?

Contact your local forestry office. In some areas, you may be able to send in an online application. You need to be in good physical condition and know basic first aid and CPR. It also helps if you have forestry-related experience.

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How Many Acres Do Forest Fires Burn Annually?

  • 12,140 acres.
  • 298,000 acres.
  • 1.05 million acres.
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drowning posted in Friends:
@country_girl19, I agree with Athena. She might not realize how she's making you feel and it's best to talk to her about it, if not it could get worse. If nothing changes after talking with her, then I think you should rethink things. @WatermelonCurlz, I don't really think you should hang around them that much. They don't listen to you or seem to really care about the fact that you've talked about getting different friends. I'm not saying to just cut them off all together, but I wouldn't stray from the idea of slowly distancing yourself.
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JazzyRox
JazzyRox posted in Friends:
"WatermelonCurlz" wrote:OMG! OK so, I have a group to 3 friends (not including me) and they love this video game that I'm not allowed to play. And they know that, so they talk about it purposely around me. Omg, ikr.When I ask to talk about something else the ignore me. So I say, I'm going to go find real friends, and they say, OK, like me care. And that's all they want to talk about, at recess, lunch, secretly in class, you name it thye do it. How do I get them to stop?   You should probably just stop talking to them and stuff. don't sit by them at lunch and don't hang out with them at recess. they sound like they are not good friends. if it gets worse, just tell your parents if they don't already know. idk how good i am at advise. hope this helped.  ~JazzyRox
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WatermelonCurlz
OMG!OK so, I have a group to 3 friends (not including me) and they love this video game that I'm not allowed to play. And they know that, so they talk about it purposely around me. Omg, ikr.When I ask to talk about something else the ignore me. So I say, I'm going to go find real friends, and they say, OK, like me care. And that's all they want to talk about, at recess, lunch, secretly in class, you name it thye do it. How do I get them to stop?
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Abbergrl
Well I strongly agree with you all. It's like, wow I never knew so many people had this problem!
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Abbergrl
Abbergrl posted in Friends:
A perfect friend is one who respects your feelings and doesn't make fun of them but helps you feel better, who can drive you only slightly insane, and who will try to save you from embarrassing situations by making you see the funny side. :) :D
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