I’ve been reading a lot of these posts and have seen first hand that something has to change with the way the forest service does business and the way that fire hire picks its applicants… I was running out of time as well and got lucky this time around. There are people running out of time and that are very qualified and are not making the referral list. These guys work hard and put their lives at risk on the fireline every season and hope the agency they work so hard for will give them a shot at a permanent position.. The process causes a great deal of stress and worry season long and months before fire hire. Its time for the agency to start looking out for its employees.