NEYASKWEYAHK WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS
Phone Number: 780-585-3000
ABOUT WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS
When was the last time you felt like a hero?
Neyaskweyahk Wildland Firefighters are the new modern-day heroes as we endeavor to get near the wildfires that are burning out of control in our Indigenous territorial lands, and our province. This new project under NGCI management provides (NEST) trained firefighters and provides the administration, contract, and crew management to the Department of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) with the Province of Alberta. NGCI Wildland Firefighting began with the belief that the opportunity will offer Indigenous youth employment and training during the summer months.
The job of firefighting requires skill, physical stamina, and fearlessness; it is not a job for the faint of heart. These positions require certification in:
- first aid
- transporting dangerous goods by air and ground
- Chainsaw Safety 1 and 2
- Incident Command System 100 and 200
- bear awareness
- confined spaces
- entering construction sites and
- leadership training
Certification in all areas is required to be qualified to be near forest fires, be transported to locations in helicopters, and work in the wilderness manning equipment and enduring all weather conditions.
NGCI Wildland Firefighters provide Zero Day Firetack Crews, which consist of an eight-member team of qualified and motivated firefighters. The firefighters are ready and waiting to be dispatched by ESRD, who contracts various crews throughout the province.
We are committed to providing ESRD with the skills and knowledge required to help them manage our forests during fire season between April 1 and October 31.