DOI video recruits veterans

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DOI recruitment video

Above: screengrab from the video.

The Department of Interior has produced a professional quality video aimed toward recruiting military veterans into firefighting jobs in the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. It is VERY well done and features interviews with veterans currently working as firefighters, emphasizing the common factors of teamwork and camaraderie found in both the military and wildland firefighting. Like a recruitment effort for any job, it tends to glamorize a bit, but that’s to be expected.

Not only is this likely to be effective in filling positions, it could also be helpful to our growing ranks of veterans who are exiting the military and re-entering civilian life.

But, you have to wonder how many positions the DOI expects to fill with veterans, in this atmosphere of declining budgets and shorter terms of employment for firefighters currently working.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

4 thoughts on “DOI video recruits veterans”

  1. Great advertisement, however the “tiny URL” web address at the end of the film does not connect to a good page. It does go to DOI, but gives a “cannot find the page you wanted” message…Good job. Almost.

  2. I found it interesting that while this was a DOI sponsored video, most of the people interviewed were USFS employees.

  3. Funny how the military recruited wildfire fighters, smoke jumpers, into the service in the illegal war in Laos. Now it is going in reverse, or full circle or something more convoluted. Read Kickers.


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