Wildfires aren’t firefighters’ only hazard. 6 share the toll the job takes.

By Amanda Monthei
The Washington Post
October 14, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Climate change, forest mismanagement and other issues have collided to create wildfires that are increasingly destructive to communities and livelihoods across the American West. Although the wildfire conversation is complex and nuanced, there is widespread agreement that the people fighting the fires should be taken care of, fairly compensated, and have access to resources if they are injured on the job or dealing with the mental and physical strains that are common across this workforce. But this has not always been the case, even as firefighters are expected to work longer seasons on some of the largest and most intense blazes in recent history. …This attention has resulted in legislation to compensate wildland firefighters. …Wildland firefighters began to receive the pay increases in June, but other issues remain. Many of these problems are addressed in the Tim Hart Wildland Firefighter Classification and Pay Parity Act.

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