Firefighting isn’t just for men anymore

Women firefighters
Women firefighters

Historically, firefighting has been dominated by men in both professional and volunteer firefighting careers. But this just isn’t the case anymore.

DNR is currently recruiting for wildland firefighting positions and wants to encourage women to apply.

Long time DNR employee, Jennifer Bammert, recalls what moved her into her wildfire fighting career in the first place.

“Starting out as a firefighter on an engine in 1981, I was lucky to be stationed in my home town area of Thurston County for my first three years. Three years later, I was stationed in Eastern Washington where I was on the Ahtanum 20-person crew and eventually, got my own engine and crew that was based out of Ahtanum. It was the beginning of an awesome wildfire career!”

DNR employee Jennifer Bammert is always smiling, even when fighting wildfires.
DNR employee Jennifer Bammert is always smiling, even when fighting wildfires.

Jennifer is now the Emergency Response Coordinator for DNR, 35 years after she stuck her foot in the door as a seasonal firefighter.

DNR is looking for individuals willing and capable of performing strenuous outdoor work safely and productively and of accepting direction and acting responsibly. The duration of these positions is generally three to four months. Work begins approximately mid-June and ends in mid-September. The experience and training gained as a Forest Firefighter or an Engine Leader/Squad Boss can form the foundation for a successful career in forestry and other natural resource professions. DNR will provide safety clothing needed for the job.