Joint Task Force Rattlesnake


Joint Task Force Rattlesnake’s mission is to work alongside CALFIRE in order to help mitigate and prevent wildland fires through fuels mitigation projects and direct fire suppression.


Service members (SM) interested in joining JTFR must meet all requirements listed below. For any questions, comments, and/or concerns contact JTFR Battle Desk at

  • SM must be E-7 and below; Officers O-3 and below.
  • SM must have minimum of twelve months remaining on their contract
  • SM must be physically able to perform duties with zero restrictions and/or profiles
  • SM must have a valid driver’s license
  • SM must have no IMR deficiencies
  • SM must have no Adverse Actions/Flags
  • SM must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated

Medical Requirements:

  • Pay is based on the Emergency Activation Pay (EAP) rates using SM’s current pay grade
  • Attending IDT, AT, ADT, PME, and/or any other federal duty obligation while on JTFR is “mandatory”
  • SM must be willing to work up to 12-24 hour shifts (to include weekends and/or holidays) 
  • SM’s must be willing to work in any of the following locations:
    • Mendocino, Redding, Nevada City, San Jose, Monterey, Fresno, Camp Roberts, and El Cajon


To Volunteer for Joint Task Force Rattlesnake, please complete the Volunteer for Joint Task Force Rattlesnake Request.