Las Vegas Interagency
Communication Center

Las Vegas Helitack Recruitment

Las Vegas Helitack is a BLM Initial Attack helicopter program located in Southern Nevada. The crew operates a type 3 helicopter for fire response in support of local, state and national priorities. Las Vegas Helitack is traditionally comprised of 12 BLM personnel, including a Crew Supervisor, two Assistant Crew Supervisors, two Squad Leaders, two Lead Crew members and four seasonal crew members. The crew is co-located with Las Vegas Interagency Dispatch Center at North Las Vegas Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada. On-site facilities include ready room, offices, and secure parking area. Barrack accommodations are available for seasonal employees.


Las Vegas Helitack actively encourages assignments and details to improve the knowledge and diversity of crew members. In the past, we have sent crew members on details throughout the western United States, Alaska, and Smokejumper programs. In addition, we have hosted detailers from other BLM districts, Forests, Vegas Valley Handcrew, and Boise Smokejumpers.

All crew members are expected to arrive in top physical condition. Helitack personnel are expected to meet the following minimum standards: 1 mile run in 11 minutes or less, 7 pull-ups, 25 push-ups, 45 sit-ups, and pack test in 45 minutes or less. It is encouraged that prospective crew members seek to exceed these minimum standards. In addition, the crew participates in the BLM Fire Fitness Challenge and as a crew we strive to score a minimum of 200, initial test will take place in the first week of employment. Physical training consisting of 5-7 mile runs, sprints, hill sprints and timed hikes with gear can be expected. Physical condition is imperative to prepare our bodies and minds for the rigors of a long fire season.

Interested applicants should expect vacancies to be listed on USAJOBS in November with initial outreach calls beginning in January. We encourage those needing further information on the crew and application process to begin establishing contact with the Crew Supervisor during the fall months and emails are always welcome (see below for more contact information).


BLM Helitack Supervisor
Ian McQueary

Employment Info


Updated   16-May-2023 16:20:05
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