Clearing a Pathway to Sustainable Wage Careers in Fire & Civic Service

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What we do

F.I.R.E (Fire, Innovation, Recruitment, & Education) Foundry is a community-oriented wildfire prevention workforce by providing job training and skills development for underserved, underrepresented, and underfunded communities.

Recruit

Work with community partners, high schools, community colleges and Marin fire agencies to recruit young adults from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in fire-related careers and those from underfunded and underserved communities and leverage the rapidly growing demand for wildfire prevention work to provide a livable wage earn-while-learning pathway to a sustainable wage career.

Educate

Provide innovative, hands-on, project-based learning opportunities for students to gain skills-based certificates that empower them as they down the pathway to becoming a full-time firefighter or a different sustainable wage career. Classes are held weekly in partnership with College of Marin so recruits can begin earning units towards a two or four year university as well as fulfill the prerequisites required to attend Fire Fighter Academy.

Guide & Support

The program will build multiple career pathways and see participants through their career development journey beginning with participation on FIRE Foundry crews, followed by fire academy and AA/AS completion, seasonal firefighting positionsin Marin County and across the State, Paramedic certification, and eventuallyfull time firefighter employment.  Upon completion of a year in the FIRE Foundry crew, the participants will have certificatesfor Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and will have finished coursework on introductory fire operations and science, wildland fire, and emerging fire science and technology skills.

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