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Missoula Smokejumpers

The Missoula Smokejumper Base is located at the Aerial Fire Depot adjacent to the Missoula International Airport in Missoula, Montana. The base is situated at the west end of the airport along with the U.S. Forest Service Northern Region Fire Cache, the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory, the Northern Region Training Center, and the Missoula Technology and Development Center.

Currently, 75 smokejumpers, consisting of men and women from diverse backgrounds, work at the base. Ranging in age from early 20’s to 50’s, these are all dedicated and professional individuals who are highly trained and experienced firefighters.

What’s Smokejumping All About?
Smokejumpers are a highly skilled, rapid response and operationally focused fire resource that provide initial attack suppression on emerging fires and fill a variety of roles on longer duration project fires and wildland-urban interface fires. Their training, versatility and agility enable them to provide leadership capable of establishing command structure, situational assessment and tactical and logistical support for extended fire and all-risk operations.

What Else Smokejumpers Do
Smokejumpers may find themselves filling a variety of roles on assignments ranging from initial attack on small wilderness fires to sustained suppression on larger fires. They may also work on incident command teams responding to national disasters such as hurricane relief. Smokejumper bases also provide staffing for out of region projects and work details. These include prescribed fire opportunities across the country, field and classroom instructor positions, hazardous fuels reduction, and management of fires, tree climbing, thinning, and more.



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