The Angeles National Forest Fire Lookout Association is recruiting volunteers to staff the last remaining fire lookout stations for the Angeles National Forest for the 2016 season.
The Association is also looking for Volunteers to staff the busy Chilao Visitor Center. Lookout volunteers help to protect the forest and local mountain communities against the threat of fire.
Their coverage extends to the communities along and outside of the forest boundary.
The organization is currently looking for hikers to volunteer for the summer to staff Slide Mountain Lookout, also looking for volunteers to staff Vetter Mountain Peak and also looking for Volunteers to staff the Chilao Visitor Center.
Volunteers will be expected not only to gaze at their beautiful surroundings, but to look for signs of smoke or fire and to be aware of current fire conditions.
New volunteer training sessions are scheduled to begin on May 7 at 10 a.m. and May 12 at 6:30 p. m. Training will be held at the Supervisor Office in Arcadia 701 N. Santa Anita Arcadia. Fire Lookout and Chilao Visitor Center volunteers are required to volunteer 8 hours a month between May and November. There are four parts to training that must be completed:
1. Orientation- a two-hour introduction to the program
2. Interpretation/Natural History- a three-hour class
3. Operations-an all day seven-hour class
4. In-Tower Training- an eight-hour hands-on training in the Lookout with an experienced host
5. Chilao Visitor Center is an 8 hour hands-on at the Center
For additional information and training dates: go to the Angeles National Forest Fire Lookout Association website, anffla.org