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Ab note: This is the Hastings-Cantwell Bill, created and passed following the 30mile fire burnover that killed four firefighters.

107th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 3971
AN ACT

To provide for an independent investigation of Forest Service firefighter deaths that are caused by wildfire entrapment or burnover.

HR 3971 EH
107th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 3971
AN ACT

To provide for an independent investigation of Forest Service firefighter deaths that are caused by wildfire entrapment or burnover.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE INSPECTOR GENERAL INVESTIGATION OF FOREST SERVICE FIREFIGHTER DEATHS.

(a) INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION- In the case of each fatality of an officer or employee of the Forest Service that occurs due to wildfire entrapment or burnover, the Inspector General of the Department of Agriculture shall conduct an investigation of the fatality. The investigation shall not rely on, and shall be completely independent of, any investigation of the fatality that is conducted by the Forest Service.

(b) SUBMISSION OF RESULTS- As soon as possible after completing an investigation under subsection (a), the Inspector General of the Department of Agriculture shall submit to Congress and the Secretary of Agriculture a report containing the results of the investigation.

Passed the House of Representatives June 24, 2002.

Attest:
Clerk.
END

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