Feds Hope New Wildland Firefighter Job Classifications Will Help With Retention

Dressed in ash-stained fire resistant yellow shirts and green pants – weighed down by heavy packs, hand tools and chainsaws – the thousands of federal employees who head out to the fireline every summer certainly look like firefighters. But their formal titles often are range or forestry technician.

That’s changing – in a reform that many say is overdue.

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