Daines Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Make Pay Raise for Wildland Firefighters Permanent 

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines helped introduce the bipartisan “Wildland Firefighter Paycheck Protection Act”to maintain the pay raise secured for Montana wildland firefighters in Daines’ bipartisan “Wildland Firefighter Fair Pay Act” that was signed into law in 2021. Daines’ “Wildland Firefighter Recognition Act” which was also signed into law in 2021 and required the Office of Personnel Management to create a job series for wildland firefighters that recognized the dangerous work they do and also helped pave the way for this critical boost in compensation.

“As fire season devastates Montana communities year after year, Montana wildland firefighters put everything on the line to protect Montana families and towns. I was glad to work with my colleagues across the aisle to secure a well-deserved pay raise for these Montana heroes and now it’s time we make this compensation permanent,” said Senator Daines. 

Daines’Wildland Firefighter Paycheck Protection Act” helps ensure the federal government can recruit and retain a sufficient wildland firefighting workforce, and that these brave men and women are supported as they protect and keep Montanans safe from life-threatening wildfires.

To see more of what Senator Daines does to protect our forests and our firefighters, click HERE.