Hello to All
Please encourage all who have any influence on anybody to support the Roth Fire Shelter. We cannot fathom losing our daughter and son-in-law to a budget concern.
The U.S. Forest Service must not make a 3 Million Dollar budget question the difference between life and death for those who are willing to give all they endure. Their pay is not in line with the structural firefighters. The best bonus would be their lives.
Look into the eyes of the families of those who gave the ultimate and tell yourselves that it was worth it because they didn’t have the protection they needed to save money to give the higherups a raise. We beg you to get on the bandwagon to petition the Forest Service to make an investment in their future.
God Bless All Firefighters in every avenue.
Mom and Dad!!!
Hi Mom and Dad!!! Thanks for your post. I agree with you that death of our firefighters is not acceptable. However, as one who has participated in the budget process for our region, I can tell you that no money was saved (by not testing and purchasing the Roth shelter) that could have been used “to give higherups a raise”. It’s a matter of record that “higherups” in the Forest Service (BLM, NPS, other fed fire agencies) are equally as poorly paid (relatively speaking) given their level of expertise and earning potential as groundpounding firefighters are at theirs.
No, a large part of the problem is as Slivka describes in his Arizona Republic article. The process is slow and cumbersome and must be funded. In addition, adoption of a new fireshelter must be given priority. Adequate money for the fire budget was not even allocated by our US Congress until last year. Given Wednesday’s news from the White House regarding the shrinking budget surplus, it’s unclear that funding will continue without public pressure until the full fire budget (at Most Efficient Level or MEL) is reached in 2003. In this Ab’s opinion, solving the shelter problem is not as simple as just taking some money from (a formerly inadequate) budget here and putting it there. You change-makers need to study where and how to insert your lever for change and where to place your fulcrum – to “fast track” the bureaucracy on the fireshelter issue – and how to insure that the money is available for both testing and purchase.