The Larimer County Yellow Jackets Fire Crew has provided wildland fire suppression resources for more than 30 years to the residents and fire depts. of Larimer County. Supervised and coordinated by the Emergency Services Section of the Larimer County Sheriff's Office, this fire program has maintained a very high standard and is known throughout the western United States for its training and dedication to safety on the fireline.
The crew is composed of individuals specifically trained and nationally certified for wildland fire suppression. In addition to providing fire personnel for Larimer County, the Yellow Jackets firefighters provide personnel for the Northern Colorado Interagency Crew, a Type II fire crew that travels throughout the United States during Fire season.
To be a part of the crew you must be at least 18 years old, and successfully complete a week long training program that includes classroom training and hands on field work. Candidates for the program must also pass a physical fitness test. The classroom training includes S-130, Basic Wildland Firefighter; S-190, Basic Fire Behavior; I-100, Intro to the ICS System; and L-180, Human Factors on the Fireline. When the classroom training, field training and physical testing are complete, students are placed on the fire crew call list and/or issued pagers. When fires occur they are called or paged to respond to the Emergency Services Center, where they are then transported to the incident. Firefighters are paid based on their skills and position.
The Yellow Jackets Crew also accepts individuals from other agencies that meet the Yellow Jacket training standard and are current with the National Wild land Fire Coordinating Group (NWCG) standards.
If you would like to learn more about the Yellow Jackets program, please contact the Larimer County Emergency Services Unit, Fire Program Coordinator at 498-5301 or the Larimer County Information Line at 498-5312.