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Wildland Firefighters Update

A group of firefighters with headlamps coordinate with each other next to a forest fire.

Wildland firefighting is grueling work, and fewer people are willing to do it. | Photo: Jonathon Golden

4.22.2022 –Environment reporter Laura Paskus catches up with former wildland firefighter Jonathan Golden to talk about the challenges wildland firefighters face as climate change lengthens the fire season and spawns even more severe fires. Federal wildland firefighters can also face low pay, a lack of job security, long assignments away from family, and mental health challenges.

Correspondent: Laura Paskus

Guest: Jonathon Golden, former wildland firefighter

For More Information:

Wildland Firefighter Careers – U.S. Forest Service

How to Become a Wildland Firefighter – National Wildfire Coordinating GroupWorking in Wildland Fire – U.S. Department of Interior

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