SEATTLE — The deaths of three firefighters in the Twisp River Fire last summer are inspiring a wave of job applicants in Washington.
KIRO-FM reported that the State Department of Natural Resources isn’t seeing people shy away from firefighting jobs after two record-breaking fire seasons.
Washington is preparing for its upcoming summer fire season.
New recruits must be healthy, 18 years old, have a license and high school diploma or GED, and be able to drive a stick shift.
The state trains firefighters in building a fire line, tracking fire behavior and other techniques.
Crews can work up to 16 hours daily, as many as 21 days in a row.