Allow Wildland Firefighters to Access Government Health Care

Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Support efforts to provide wildland firefighters access to government health care.

Though firefighters work to protect public property and wild lands from the destructive effects of fires, they are not allowed to access government health care. Since wildfire season is from May to October, firefighters are classified as temporary workers and do not get any health care or benefits despite the high risks associated with their jobs. Show support for this group of committed citizens and request an optional health benefits plan for seasonally employed federal wildland firefighters and their families.

The work that firefighters do is absolutely critical for maintaining public health. Each year they keep thousands of homes, businesses, towns and wild lands from being buried under flames. Since wildfires are much more common between the months of May to October, the majority of firefighters are seasonally employed. Polls show that more than 90% of firefighters return to service year after year. They often work the equivalent of a full year’s worth of hours in only six or seven months. They have no doubt demonstrating their commitment to serving their country, just as permanently employed firefighters and other emergency responders. Yet they are not allowed to buy into even the most basic government health care plan.

Wildland firefighters brave many risks in their line of duty. Due to the environments that firefighters work in, they are highly prone to cancer and respiratory diseases and even permanent lung damage. It is vital that they be able to receive quality, affordable health plan for themselves and their families.

Sign the petition below to support this group of committed citizens and request an optional health benefits plan for seasonally employed federal wildland firefighters and their families.

PETITION LETTER

Dear President Obama,

I am writing in support of an optional health benefits plan for seasonally employed federal wildland firefighters and their families. Although this group of committed citizens work to protect public property and wild lands from the destructive effects of fires, they are currently not allowed to access government health care. Since wildfire season is from May to October, firefighters are classified as temporary workers and do not receive any health care or benefits despite the high risks associated with their jobs.

The work that firefighters do is absolutely critical for maintaining public health. Each year they keep thousands of homes, businesses, towns and wild lands from being destroyed by flames. Since wildfires are much more common between the months of May to October, the majority of firefighters are seasonally employed. Polls show that more than 90% of firefighters return to service year after year. They often work the equivalent of a full year’s worth of hours in only six or seven months. They have no doubt demonstrating their commitment to serving their country, just as permanently employed firefighters and other emergency responders.

Wildland firefighters brave many risks in their line of duty. Due to the environments that firefighters work in, they are highly prone to cancer and respiratory diseases and even permanent lung damage. It is vital that these deserving citizens be able to receive quality, affordable health plan for themselves and their families.

I urge you to introduce legislation that makes seasonally employed federal wildland firefighters and their immediate families eligible for year-round health insurance coverage.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. They are risking their lives for us and getting a real slap in the face. Why shouldn’t they rate for healthcare? Disgrace!!

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