HR 3363 was introduced at the begining of the month but hasn’t got much conversation due to active fires and the recent tragedies. It is about time for recognition for the job we do. In the eyes of the public, cooperators and ourselves we are firefighters but too upper management we are just range or forestry techs( unless LODD ). This does not resolve pay issues but it does take a step in the right direction. We have “firefighters” currently on the fireline making less than a burger flipper in Seattle. Right, wrong or indifferent we choose our own path but proper recognition as a federal wild land firefighter is way over due for those that have fallen, those that have retired and the ones that are out there now.