The Larimer County Yellow Jackets Fire Crew has provided wildland fire suppression resources for more than 45 years to the residents and fire deptartments 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 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, reside in Larimer County and successfully completed Basic Wildland Firefighter Training, which consists of 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. After completing the Basic Wildland course those interested in applying can go to Employment Opportunities and apply using the wildland firefighter link. Candidates who complete the application process will be required to pass a work capacity test, 3-mile hike with a 45-pound pack in 45 minutes 30 seconds. When the basic wildland firefighting training, application and work capacity test are complete, students are placed on the fire crew call list. When fires occur they are called or texted 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 Wildland 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 (970) 498-5301 or the Larimer County Information Line at (970) 498-5312.