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Wildland firefighters work hard every day to protect private and public lands along with infrastructures, natural resources, cultural landmarks and other important features through extremely challenging conditions. National Wildland Firefighter Day brings these important men and women to the forefront to offer them appreciation and respect! 

History of National Wildland Firefighter Day

Wildland firefighters can work for all sorts of different entities, whether through federal, state and local governments, or as military, rural, Tribal, contract or even support personnel. No matter which connection they have, the people who fight wildland and forest fires go through rigorous training and put their lives on the line each time they go to work.

The inaugural National Wildland Firefighter Day was celebrated in 2022 when the day was established through the efforts of the National Interagency Fire Center’s Fire Management Board. The purpose behind this day is to show honor and appreciation to the men and women of the nation who risk their lives to fight wildland and forest fires, protecting natural resources, property and lives.

National Wildland Firefighter Day seeks to honor the people who continue to fight wildland fires, as well as those who have lost their lives. In fact, it is situated at this time because it falls in July during the Week of Remembrance for fire safety, where the fallen firefighters are honored. This is an important time to show support for family members, team members and other loved ones who hold the memory of a fallen wildland firefighter.

How to Celebrate National Wildland Firefighter Day

Show some care and appreciation for those who work so hard to protect people, animals and all sorts of resources from the devastation of wildland and forest fires. Consider some of these ways to get involved with National Wildland Firefighter Day:

Support National Wildland Firefighter Day

Communities, individuals and groups who are interested in hosting events or raising awareness about National Wildland Firefighter Day can access resources and toolkits offered on the National Interagency Fire Center website. These resources can help schools, government agencies and more to show support through social media campaigns, postcards, activity books, posters and other useful tools to gain support. 

Learn What to Love About Wildland Firefighters

Looking for things to appreciate in honor of National Wildland Firefighter Day? Check out some of these:

  • Wildland firefighters are spontaneous, adaptable and flexible
  • Wildland firefighters are brave and courageous, entering into dangerous situations
  • Wildland firefighters are organized and prepared in a wide range of situations
  • Wildland firefighters make up a supportive and loyal community

Become a Wildland Firefighter

Those men and women who are interested in getting more involved with helping to save forests, property and even lives, can consider training to become a wildland firefighter as a career. Different training programs and apprenticeships may be available for those who qualify. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service hosts an apprenticeship program that helps to develop and enhance future leaders in wildland fire control, management and suppression. 

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