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A survey of the partners and spouses of federal wildland firefighters was conducted in the summer of 2021 by Grassroots Wildland Firefighters (GRWFF), an advocacy group of current and former federal wildland firefighters. The survey results clearly demonstrated the toll this demanding job takes on the partners and families of wildland firefighters.

Over 1,900 partners, spouses, and firefighters completed the survey, sharing personal information, opinions, and stories about how the job has affected them, their marriages/partnerships, and their home lives. The work of a wildland firefighter is stressful, dangerous, and seemingly never-ending. Through the smoke and flames, with the urgency of a nonstop emergency at work, it can be easy to lose sight of those who remain at home managing the bills, house, kids, and pets– all while staying ready to catch their firefighters when they return. The results of this survey revealed that the pressures are near-universal within our community.


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