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  1. Fire Captain

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    Current Employee - Fire Captain in Fresno, CA
    Current Employee - Fire Captain in Fresno, CA

    I have been working at California Department. of Forestry and Fire Protection full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great workmates, great equipment. Good work environment. Good state firehouses and very nice schedules. I would recommend this job to anyone who wants to fight fire.

    Cons

    Long hours during fire season.

    Advice to Management

    Provide updated communications equipment.

  2. Working for CA FIRE has let me improve in my life and the decision that I make on a situation that I need to come true.

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    Former Employee - Fire Fither in Monterey, CA
    Former Employee - Fire Fither in Monterey, CA

    I worked at California Department. of Forestry and Fire Protection part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    having the ability to fight fire and help those that need help.

    Cons

    the downside of working with CAL FIRE is that we don't work year around, its only for 6-8 months out off the year.

    Advice to Management

    Would like to find a job that would allow me to work year around and would let me grow with the company and move up the ladder.

  3. Work you like a dog, looks good on a resume

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Bragg, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Bragg, CA

    I worked at California Department. of Forestry and Fire Protection

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Decent pay, health insurance, good work experience

    Cons

    Sexism, really hard on outsiders; will be harder on you about everything than each other in the little boys club

    Advice to Management

    hire 50/50 females

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  5. Cal Fire

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    Current Employee - Seasonal Firefighter I in Mendocino, CA
    Current Employee - Seasonal Firefighter I in Mendocino, CA

    I have been working at California Department. of Forestry and Fire Protection

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great place for wildland fires. Some people know a lot and are willing to help you become a great firefighter. I have a lot respect for those on Helittack and those who do the job right. The camaraderie is second to none.

    Cons

    Not everyone lives up to the standard. Sometimes tradition blinds progression. And there are those who are unfit, mentally, physically, and emotionally for the job, but are promoted ahead of you.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time evaluating each individual and have higher standards of character on and off duty. Pay attention to the relation each firefighter is developing with each other.

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