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Forest Fire Prevention Specialists

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Specialists spend a considerable amount of time outdoors patrolling and inspecting forests, prairies, grasslands, savannas, and other ecosystems in which there is a strong risk of fire. Some of these areas are extremely rugged. As a result, inspectors and prevention specialists have one of the highest rates of injuries and illnesses of all careers. In addition to working outdoors in all types of weather conditions, specialists also work indoors writing reports, attending meetings, and performing other tasks. This is not a standard 9-to-5 job. Specialists must be willing to work unusual hours, including weekends and holidays.  

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