Senator Daines announces pay raises for wildland firefighters
BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - Montana’s fire dashboard shows 76 fires are actively burning across the state.
Since January, 2,051 fires have scorched 793,776 acres.
Fire crews have put in hours upon hours for little pay - but that’s about to change.
Senators passed the Wildland Firefighter Fair Pay Act, guaranteeing a wage of at least $15 per hour.
Most were only making a little over $13 per hour.
“Wildland firefighters are critical to keeping Montana families and communities safe. As we battle a very tough fire season in Montana, I am pleased to see that our brave firefighters are receiving a much-deserved pay raise,” said Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) who helped champion the effort.
In addition to joining Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on this bipartisan legislation, Senator Daines also sent letters to the U.S. Accountability Office and requested appropriations for these pay raises earlier this year.
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