Federal firefighters are leaving the workforce and taking their training and experience with them. Federal wildland firefighters, by necessity, are transient workers. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Casey Snider, was amazed to learn that frontline wildland firefighters make more money at McDonald’s: “These positions are critical,” he said. The Grassroots Wildland Firefighters is working to halt the exodus of firefighters from federal agencies by advocating for pay parity with state and local fire protection agencies. The statistics they highlight are shocking: Wildland firefighters have a suicide rate 30 times higher than the average.