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FWFSA Legislative Draft

FWFSA Legislative Draft

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Federal Wildland Fire Service Association (FWFSA) legislative draft.
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112
th
Congress1
st
Session
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESXXXXX, 2011DRAFT #4 
A BILLTo strengthen and restore the infrastructure of the federal land management agencywildfire response pursuant to the National Fire Plan resulting in a more efficient & costeffective use of appropriated wildfire preparedness and suppression funds resulting insignificant annual savings in wildfire suppression costs. 
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of  America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS
a)Short Title-This Act may be cited as the
NATIONAL WILDFIRE FIRE SUPPRESSION COST CONTAINMENT ACT
Sec. 1. Short Title; table of contentsSec. 2. DefinitionsSec. 3. FindingsSec. 4. Classification of federal wildland firefightersSec. 5. Pay & benefitsSec. 6 Forest Service firefighter liabilitySec. 7 Land Management Agency Fire & Aviation ManagementReorganization
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SECTION 2. DEFINITIONS 
For the purposes of this Act—1)the term wildland firefighter” means an employee of a federal landmanagement agency, the duties of whose position are primarily to perform workdirectly related to the prevention, control, suppression and management of wildfires, including— a)An employee of a federal land management agency who is assigned tosupport wildland fire suppression activities; andb)An employee who is transferred to a supervisory or administrative positionfrom a position of wildland firefighter (as defined by the preceding provisionsof this paragraph);2) the term “federal land management agency” means—a)Within the Department of the Interior-The Bureau of Land Management, theBureau of Indian Affairs, the National Park Service, and the Fish and WildlifeService, andb)Within the Department of Agriculture, the Forest Service; and 3) The term “employee” has the meaning given such term by Sec. 2105 of Title 5,United States Code.4)The term “Line Officer” has the meaning given such by Forest Service Manual1200, specifically 1230.41-Line Officers.
SECTION 3. FINDINGS
Congress finds the following:1)Significant losses of federal wildland firefighters to non-federal fire agencies fobetter pay & benefits, mandatory & early retirement, coupled with fiscalmismanagement of appropriated fire dollars has led to the unsustainable,
 
 
needless skyrocketing of wildfire suppression expenditures.2)Federal land management agencies continue to provide authority to those,hereinafter referred to as Line Officers, for FIRE program management; FIREfunding allocation and FIRE program policy development & implementationdespite limited or even non-existent cumulative experience & expertise inwildland fire management by said Line Officers. Such an organizationalstructure cannot meet the complexities of responding effectively & efficiently to21
st
century wildfires.3)It is incumbent upon Congress and the Federal Government to provideAmerica’s taxpayers with the most fiscally effective and efficient delivery of itsfederal wildfire response.
SECTION 4. CLASSIFICATION OF WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS
A)Requirements-1)IN GENERAL- Within 30 days after the enactment of this Act, the Office of Personnel Management, in cooperation with federal land managementagencies as previously defined, shall commence the development of aseparate and distinct wildland firefighter occupational series that will moreaccurately reflect the variety of duties performed by today’s federalwildland firefighters.2)DESIGNATION-The official title assigned to any occupational seriesestablished pursuant to paragraph (1) shall include the designation of “wildland firefighter.”3) POSITIONS DESCRIBED- Paragraph (1) applies with respect to anyclass or other category of positions that currently consist primarily or exclusively of Forestry Technicians, Range technicians, or any other positions the duties and responsibilities of which include—a)Significant wildfire preparedness and suppression activities; or 
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