Was wondering if anyone had any idea why the Federal Govt. and some states will not recognize Airtanker pilots as firefighters?

Granted, we do work for privated contractors and that seems to be the reason the the govt will not recognize us as firefighters.

After having done this for over thirty years and seen many of my friends die in the line of duty fighting wildfires and then to have the Federal Govt. say we are not entitled to the same death benifits that any Volunteer firefighter is entitled too, is like saying that your just not part of the team.

I'd like to hear some comments on this from fellow firefighters.

Bob Forbes