Though Republican candidate for president Mitt Romney spent some time Tuesday boxing up food for firefighters and displaced residents in Colorado Springs, his comments about cutting federal legislation for firefighters are still haunting him.

"Firefighters don’t need another photo-op in front of the cameras with someone who doesn’t care about us,” Randy Rester, President of Aurora Fire Fighters Local 1290, an affiliate of the Colorado AFL-CIO said in a prepared statement Wednesday. “What we need is someone who has our back with personnel, equipment, pensions, and health care. Mitt Romney doesn’t back Colorado firefighters where it counts. And neither do any of the Colorado members who support firefighting budget cuts.”

Since 2010, funding for fighting wildfires has fallen by $512 million.

In the press release, Aurora Firefighters also call out GOP Congressmen Mike Coffman, Cory Gardner, and Scott Tipton for voting for the Paul Ryan budget which would cut firefighting support by 19 percent.

But just the day before President Barack Obama visited the Waldo Canyon wildfire site in late June, all nine of Colorado's congressional members asked the president to declare the state a disaster area, freeing up federal funds for victims of the High Park and Waldo Canyon fires. Combined, the High Park and Waldo Canyon fires have cost at least $50 million just to contain.

The Waldo Canyon fire took 17 days to reach full containment by Wednesday morning, killed two people, destroyed nearly 350 homes and was the most destructive fire in the state's history.

“Given the severe fire danger right now is there anyone who really believes we need less firefighters?” said Aurora firefighter Steve Clapham. “The American people need leaders who will invest in firefighters and in public safety. We need the support of politicians who understand the importance of the job that we do.”

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    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney helps a group of volunteers at the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado prepare food for distribution to those affected by the wildfires on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, center, takes a tour of the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado that is distributing food to those affected by the wildfires on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney helps a group of volunteers at the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado prepare food for distribution to those affected by the wildfires on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney visits people affected by the wild fires while visiting the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney helps a group of volunteers at the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado prepare food for distribution to those affected by the wild fires on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gestures during remarks to volunteers working at the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado to distribute food to those affected by the wild fire at the on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney helps a group of volunteers at the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado prepare food for distribution to those affected by the wild fires on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney visits people affected by the wildfires while visiting the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, center, takes a tour of the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado that is distributing food to those affected by the wildfires on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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    President Barack Obama talks with firefighters as he tours the Mountain Shadow neighborhood devastated by wildfires, Friday, June 29, 2012, in, Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Mark Reis)

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    President Barack Obama and Congressman Doug Lamborn survey damage from The Waldo Canyon Fire along Majestic Drive, Friday, June 29, 2012, in, Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Mark Reis)

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    Secret Service watch from a tower as President Barack Obama aboard Air Force One leaves the airport in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday, June 29, 2012, after surveying damage from the Waldo Canyon wildfire and thanking first responders. The fire destroyed nearly 350 homes and killed one person. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

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    President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday, June 29, 2012, after surveying damage from the Waldo Canyon wildfire and thanking first responders. The fire destroyed nearly 350 homes and killed one person. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

  • Members of Bighorn 209, a hand crew from the Crow Agency in Montana check for hot spots on the Waldo Canyon Fire west of Colorado Springs, Colo., Friday, June 29, 2012. After declaring a "major disaster" in the state early Friday and promising federal aid, President Barack Obama got a firsthand view of the wildfires and their toll on residential communities. More than 30,000 people have been evacuated in what is now the most destructive wildfire in state history. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Members of Bighorn 209, a hand crew from the Crow Agency in Montana check for hot spots on the Waldo Canyon Fire west of Colorado Springs, Colo., Friday, June 29, 2012. After declaring a "major disaster" in the state early Friday and promising federal aid, President Barack Obama got a firsthand view of the wildfires and their toll on residential communities. More than 30,000 people have been evacuated in what is now the most destructive wildfire in state history. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Members of Bighorn 209, a hand crew from the Crow Agency in Montana check for hot spots from the Waldo Canyon Fire west of Colorado Springs, Colo., Friday, June 29, 2012. After declaring a "major disaster" in the state early Friday and promising federal aid, President Barack Obama got a firsthand view of the wildfires and their toll on residential communities. More than 30,000 people have been evacuated in what is now the most destructive wildfire in state history. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)