Monday, August 18, 2014

Smoke Jumpers


Here's an old video about smoke jumpers you might enjoy. Smoke jumpers are those crazy - er, I mean extreme wildland firefighters who jump out of perfectly good planes and parachute into remote wilderness areas to fight wildfires. The run time is 54:25, but if you have some time to spare, give it a look.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVhWrDMdOxo
(If the link doesn't work, go to YouTube and search for "Smoke Jumper Training for Airborne Fire Fighting - 1940's Fire Fighting Educational Documentary.")

For more current videos, search for "smoke jumpers" on YouTube. Lots of great stuff out there, and you can see how training, equipment, and procedures have evolved since the 1940s.

Smoke jumper training and work is physically demanding, yet the guys and gals in this line of work typically love what they do. It's a firefighter thing.

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