I’m wondering if R5 forests are still having retention problems up and down the state. I’ve noticed down in Southern California we are losing a lot of quality apprentices and senior firefighters to Cal Fire and other local fire departments. It seems to me that training firefighters through the apprentice academy only to lose them to other agencies is not a cost efficient way of doing business. I can’t say how many letters I’ve written to congressman over the years but nothing ever changes. New legislation gets introduced every so often but that too fall on deaf ears. When will the nations largest wildland firefighting agency wake up and start supporting their employees?