BLM Recruiting Nevada Veterans As Firefighters

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(photo: MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)

(photo: MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal agencies in Nevada are recruiting on-call firefighters for the upcoming wildfire season. The Eastern Nevada Agency of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Elko is accepting applications until April 20.

Firefighters have to be 18 years old before June 1, U.S. citizens, and must pass a pre-employment drug screening. Fitness tests include a 3-mile hike over flat ground in 45 minutes or less carrying a 45-pound pack. Firefighting crews of 20 men and women are trained and dispatched for up to three weeks at a time throughout the United States. They work long hours in remote locations constructing fire lines to control and quell wildfires.

In Las Vegas, the Bureau of Land Management Southern Nevada Field Office is trying to recruit honorably discharged military veterans. For information email

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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