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Grangeville Smokejumpers
Capabilities

The Grangeville Smokejumpers provide the fire management community with a wide range of personnel and equipment.  Best known for the rapid delivery of initial attack fires, Grangeville jumpers can also support the extended attack of fires, fire for resource benefit, and prescribed-fire efforts with overhead and crewmembers.  Personnel can be delivered either aerially or through conventional mobilization procedures.  The Grangeville Smokejumper program includes qualified individuals in all of the indicated ICS positions:

  • Type 3, 4, and 5 Incident Commander
  • Division Supervisor
  • Air Tactical Group Supervisor
  • Strike Team and Task Force Leader
  • Field Observer
  • Fire Effects Monitor
  • Type II Burn Boss
  • Single Resource Boss (Crew, Engine, Dozer, Felling, Firing)
  • Single Resource Faller (Faller C )
  • Helicopter Crewmember
  • Firefighter Type I

Aircraft and Para-cargo capabilities:

The Grangeville Smokejumpers’ De Havilland Twin Otter allows the Smokejumper program to support fire management operations across the Nez Perce- Clearwater fire management zone and throughout adjacent management units.  With a range of 375 nautical miles, a 3,000 pound payload, and the ability to utilize small backcountry airstrips, the GAC Otter can deliver and retrieve personnel and equipment quickly to remote locations.  Incident commanders can route para-cargo requests through local dispatchers and para-cargo ground procedures are explained in the Incident Response Pocket Guide.     The following items are pre-positioned at GAC and configured for rapid response to any incident:

  • Mark III pump kits
  • Cabin protection kits
  • Hoses and fittings
  • Food and water
  • Sleeping bags
  • Gas (mixed or unmixed)
  • Powersaws and/or crosscut saws

Diverse Resource Management Skills:

The technical nature and geographical range of the Smokejumper mission allows GAC personnel to develop specialized skills pertinent to a wide range of resource management operations.  The smokejumpers can provide individuals possessing expertise in the following areas:

  • Tree Climbing (Gaff and arborist techniques)
  • Cross cut saw operation and maintenance
  • Technical Tree Falling
  • Blasting
  • Timber marking
  • Trail construction and maintenance
  • Search and Rescue
  • Resource Management Planning and writing
  • NWCG course instructors