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Missoula Smokejumpers

The Missoula Smokejumper Base is located at the Aerial Fire Depot by Missoula International Airport, Missoula Montana. The base is situated at the west end of the airport along with the Region One Fire Cache, the Interagency Fire Science laboratory, and the Northern Region Training Center.

Currently 85 smokejumpers, consisting of men and women from many walks of life, 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.

A smokejumper's primary job is to suppress wildfires in remote mountainous terrain of the western United States. To do this we are self-sufficient, capable of initial attack in remote mountainous terrain, wilderness areas, rangeland and the desert southwest.

Utilizing a fleet of fixed wing aircraft, including a Turbine DC-3, Twin Otter, and a Shorts Sherpa, firefighters and paracargo operations can reach anywhere in the country.

Typical jump-country includes most of the western United States from Alaska to New Mexico and from California to Wyoming. Jumpers also provide personnel for extended attack and Incident Command Systems (ICS) fire teams.

Jumpers also provide personnel for prescribed- burning operations throughout the United States. Jumpers have also been used as tree climbers in New York and Chicago for an ongoing insect eradication program.



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