Why does it take a line of duty death for Forest Service and BLM employees to be called firefighters. These employees are classified as technicians during their careers but if they are killed on the job the agency proudly sticks their chest out and refers to them as firefighters. I’ve been one of these employees for a long time and if i die in the line of duty I want to be called a forestry technician so the question can be asked why was this forestry technician is fighting a fire. To me it’s an insult that a land management agency will ignore their employees for their whole careers by classifying them incorrectly and then when they are dead and can no longer benefit from proper classification they’re finally recognized for what the job they’ve been performing all along. If the forest service doesn’t have the balls to make the corrections that are needed to classify their employees the right way when they are working then they shouldn’t have the right to call them firefighters when they die.