The word detailer comes from the US Forest Service tradition of placing employees for short periods of time with a different unit to build new skills, create unique training opportunities, and broaden perspectives.
A FLN TREX is not the only place to receive 2 weeks of intensive fire experience and training. The Gravitas Peak Wildland Fire Module provides excellent training opportunities throughout the year. Providing both Engine, Hand Crew and FEMO opportunities, as well as Plans and Logistics training. It is a unique opportunity to “embed” with a Type 1 Wildland Module and participate in a diversity of assignments. Skill specific opportunities such as FAL2 and UTVO also exist.
The program is designed to offer opportunities at a wide level of skills and experience. Opportunities are available for the newly Red Carded firefighter on through Firing and Burn Bosses looking for that last assignment and final evaluator. The Detailer opportunities exist in three tracks: existing Fire Professionals seeking training and evaluation opportunities; Fire Influenced professionals looking for a hands-on awareness experience; and untrained and unconnected young adults looking to explore career opportunities.
- Currently Red Carded wildland professionals are invited to join the Module for the classic “detailer” opportunity. Trainee positions exist at all levels of experience and are designed to maximize taskbook opportunities. Trainees must be able to cover (or have their agency cover) all their costs, provide Workers Compensation Insurance and PPE.
- The Detailer Program is particularly interested in reducing the barriers to experience for “fire connected professionals” for whom fire deeply impacts their work, but operational firefighting is not their primary (or even secondary in many cases) duty. Examples of this are: individuals pursuing advanced degrees in ecological and environmental studies; current researchers; practicing Foresters; Government Officials and Policy Setters; or any professionals where understanding the “ground truths” of operational firefighting would be of benefit.
- The Program also seeks to provide a 2-week immersion for individuals who seek to explore Wildland Firefighting as a profession. Students who have performed Youth Conservation work; AmeriCorps; Gap Year college students; and any individual who wishes to explore the profession without the commitment of full seasonal employment with a fire management agency.