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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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Dear Dish-It In The Forums

rainbowpoptart
Goodness... I see where your mother is coming from: if you eat too much, no matter how healthy the food is, and don't work off the calories, you're going to gain weight. But she's being very obsessive and dramatic about it. There is nothing wrong with eating pizza or a cookie every now and then, and there's nothing wrong with relaxing from time to time either. As long as you aren't constantly eating junk and not burning the calories, then you do not have a problem. Eating unhealthy things every now and then does not make you fat. EATING every now and then does not make you fat. Try explaining this to her, calmly and patiently. Tell her that you don't want to be forced to do all of this exercising - being forced to exercise makes it a lot less interesting. Do not take "This is for your own good" for an answer; if you do not want to do it, it is NOT for your good. (This, of course, would be a different story if you were actually fat.) ALSO tell her that exercising too much and not satiating your cravings is JUST AS UNHEALTHY AS BEING FAT IS. If you were to not eat healthful meals and not snack every now and then, no matter how healthy or unhealthy the food is, plus exercise so frequently, you would not be healthy.  Eating is good for you, even if the food isn't. Eating too little and eating too much is not healthy. Exercise is good for you. Not exercising enough and exercising too much is not good for you. If you talking to her doesn't help, try telling another adult how you feel, and maybe they can help get it through to her. Regardless of what happens, take care of yourself. Moderate how much you eat, but don't limit yourself to less than you feel you need. Exercise, but don't do something you don't want to; working out should be fun. Good luck with everything. I'm really sorry that she makes you feel so badly about this.
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jake495
jake495 posted in Family Issues:
Make sure she knows its your body not hers In a respectful way of course
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ThePaleWalker636
I'm perfectly happy with myself. I'm around 5'6" and somewhere between 140-150 pounds, and I don't feel fat. But my mom is constantly telling me that I am, or, at least, that I'm going to be. She forces me to go to exercise classes because I don't like many sports, tries making me go on diets, but I don't want to. She tells me that if I continue the way I am, having an extra cookie once in a while and only eating cereal for breakfast, that I'll end up fat, and she makes sure to emphasize how horrible that is for a person to live with. She rolls her eyes and sighs whenever she sees me getting a snack, and just in general makes me feel awful for eating the things I like and for relaxing. I've told her that I don't want to do these things and that she makes me feel bad when she says things like that, but she swears it's for my own good and that I should never want to be fat, that it ruins people's lives. How should I deal with this?
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drowning
drowning posted in Friends:
"NS12" wrote: I meet this guy at a festival and we have been talking for the whole week and my mum has noticed I keep texting someone and I know I need to tell her but I don t know how I am going to tell her, I doubt she ll get angry or anything but he lives about 4/5 hours away from me. I know I need to tell her as I don t like keeping secrets from her. I know this was a bit ago, but I truly hope that you were able to be open with your mother. If you feel as if they won't get mad at you, then chances are that your guardian will not. Honesty is the best policy, and if you feel guilt keeping a secret, then it is one you probably shouldn't be keeping.
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drowning
I agree with @rainbowpoptart. You really shouldn't worry about relationships that much given your age. I promise, they're better things to worry about than boys and more secure romances occur later on in life anyways. But, given the situation, you shouldn't worry about either. The boy is unfaithful and so is your friend. If your best friend really valued your friendship, she would not have put it in a position that could end it. Don't waste your time on those who will not put you first just as you do for them; better people will come into your life and they are the ones who you should really worry about.
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