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BIA-Sycuan Wildland Fire Fighting Academy "Dirty Dozen" Academy #12 graduates, April of 2009.
"One day I just woke up and I was like, you know, I really want to become a firefighter I wanted to know what that is...".
-Firefighter Recruit Armstrong, White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation
Recruit Heagney, a 26-year-old, 6-year Marine Corps combat veteran who served in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom 2005 OIF 2005 as an 0311 rifleman, threw in the towel on the Marines and joined the Sycuan fire academy to fulfill a childhood dream to become a firefighter. Heagney became the class guide, called cadence for the class and shares his experiences during video interviews.
Recruit Reagan Armstrong Jr., an Apache Indian of the White Mountain Indian Reservation, joined the Sycuan program after completing a full wildland fire season and some volunteer training with his reservation fire department.
I got some great recruit participation on my interview process, but I had so much bonus time into the project I had to wrap up production thanks everyone who took the time to speak befor the camera.
Successful Sycuan-BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs) Wildland Academy cadets give first-person personal journalistic interviews on video camera, including audio recordings clips, just two hours before the Sycuan wildland academy graduation ceremonies on the Sycuan Indian Reservation, San Diego County.
VIDEO INTERVIEWS ONLINE
These personal, in-their-own-words accounts about the Sycuan Fire Department's tough fire training programs include challenges, satisfactions, impressions of the Sycuan "boot camp" Marine Corps style fire academy they just completed, including valuable advice to people interested in applying for the prestigious and demanding firefighting academy for careers in fire fighting with the Sycuan Fire Department in San Diego, the Bureau of Indian Affairs BIA, California Department of Forestry CDF, and any number of fire departments across the United States.