Please support H.R.2858, the Wildland Firefighters Protection Act
  • Petitioned President of the United States

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President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
California-04
Rep. Tom McClintock
Florida-06
Rep. Ron DeSantis
Florida-07
Rep. John Mica
Maryland-07
Rep. Elijah Cummings
Ohio-04
Rep. Jim Jordan
Washington-04
Rep. Doc Hastings
Wyoming-01
Rep. Cynthia Lummis
California-29
Rep. Tony Cardenas
New Mexico-01
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
Utah-03
Rep. Jason Chaffetz
Oklahoma-05
Rep. James Lankford
Illinois-08
Rep. Tammy Duckworth
Tennessee-04
Rep. Scott DesJarlais
Texas-27
Rep. Blake Farenthold
Nevada-04
Rep. Steven Horsford
California-49
Rep. Darrell Issa
California-14
Rep. Jackie Speier
Arizona-04
Rep. Paul Gosar

Please support H.R.2858, the Wildland Firefighters Protection Act

    1. Mandy M
    2. Petition by

      Mandy M

      POLLOCK PINES, CA

This act will implement reforms to the Federal land management agency fire programs in order to address the complexities of 21st century wildfires in a more cost-effective and efficient manner.

 

Federal firefighters are actually only classified as "Forestry Technicians" at this time. They have been experiencing a pay freeze for years, yet continue to work long hours away from their homes for weeks, getting compensated for only a fraction of the time that they are working on the fire lines and sleeping in the dirt. Meanwhile, their fellow firefighters who work for other state and local agencies are compensated for the entire time they are away from their duty stations and families. Federal firefighters are highly trained professionals who are called upon year round to respond to a wide variety of incidents not limited to wildland fires. If things continue this way, more and more highly trained individuals will leave the federal agencies that spend huge amounts of money to train them in order to go work for state and local industry that will pay them appropriately. Meanwhile, fires on federal land continue to burn larger, with more extreme fire behavior threatening more and more homes each year.

 

This bill is not only about compensation, it is about retaining skilled and devoted firefighters for the agency that trains them. When skilled and experienced leaders are retained, our firefighters are kept safe in the field. This is also about recognizing wildland firefighters for what they have always been. Please take the time to read this bill in its entirety, and support the firefighters who are selflessly sacrificing their lives to protect our lives, homes, and natural resources.  Thank You!

To read the latest text of this bill, go to lhttp://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr2858/text

To:
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Rep. Tom McClintock, California-04
Rep. Ron DeSantis, Florida-06
Rep. John Mica, Florida-07
Rep. Elijah Cummings, Maryland-07
Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio-04
Rep. Doc Hastings, Washington-04
Rep. Cynthia Lummis, Wyoming-01
Rep. Tony Cardenas, California-29
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, New Mexico-01
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah-03
Rep. James Lankford, Oklahoma-05
Rep. Tammy Duckworth, Illinois-08
Rep. Scott DesJarlais, Tennessee-04
Rep. Blake Farenthold, Texas-27
Rep. Steven Horsford, Nevada-04
Rep. Darrell Issa, California-49
Rep. Jackie Speier, California-14
Rep. Paul Gosar, Arizona-04
Please support H.R.2858, the Wildland Firefighters Protection Act. To implement reforms to the Federal land management agency fire programs in order to address the complexities of 21st century wildfires in a more cost-effective and efficient manner.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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      Mandy M
      by Mandy M
      Petition Organizer

      If you are a federal employee, please be sure that you are signing and sharing this on your personal equipment and on your own time. The overall response to this petition has been overwhelmingly positive, and we need to keep it that way! Thank you all for continuing to pass this along! Looks like we got a lot of attention with this! Keep it up!

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      Mandy M
      by Mandy M
      Petition Organizer

      WOW! We figured we might hit 1,000 by the end of the week, but this is only the end of day 4! This thing is already spreading like wildfire! Thank you all for telling Congress and our community members what most humble firefighters have always known, but rarely speak up about. Keep up the amazing work everyone! Social media is an amazing tool. We can hit 100,000 as long as everyone keeps passing this along! Remember, every time someone signs this, the 20 representatives (the max. I was allowed to single out) listed above receive a letter signed by YOU. They were selected because they are chairpeople and members on the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform; the committee that must approve this bill before it goes to the House. If they pass it, members of the House, the Senate, and the President will continue to hear from us through this petition! So far, they've received 1,116 emails! Let's keep them coming!

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    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Tommy Hawkins ARMUCHEE, GA
      • 2 months ago

      I am a Wildland Fire Fighter for the State of Georgia

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    • Michael Dvorack VALRICO, FL
      • 2 months ago

      Wildland Firefighters should get the support and recognition they deserve

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    • mary schilling ST. MICHAELS, MD
      • 2 months ago

      My son is on the Pa. Wildland team and in Calif. now

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    • Emilie Meredith EL CAJON, CA
      • 3 months ago

      I live in southern Cali and have lost a home to a wildfire, and these firefighters are what keep many more people from experiencing that.

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    • Chris Robinson SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA
      • 3 months ago

      They'll call us firefighters when we save something or after a tragedy; but not when they hire us. It's a double standard and a slap in the face.

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