NFFE is pushing for a path to permanence for temporary seasonal firefighters and others. We pushed the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (HR 533 / S 1120) at a Senate hearing on June 5. You can see a recording and download NFFE President Dougan’s testimony at http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/subcommittees/emdc/hearings/wildfires-assessing-first-responder-training-and-capabilities. Key quote: “Currently, under regulations that treat them the same as off-the-street applicants who have never fought fire, highly trained, experienced, and valuable temporary seasonal firefighters become ineligible for permanent firefighting jobs when they reach age 37.” NFFE recommends an age waiver for experienced temporary seasonal wildland firefighters.
Anybody want to help? If you are (or if you know) a temp seasonal who’s about to have the maximum-age door close, I want to hear about it. Shoot me an email.