We met Tom and DJ at Shady Oaks Campground in Orland, Maine last August and we've enjoyed visits along the way since then.
|Wayne holding Lexie, Tom and DJ|
Here's some of what we saw:
|Smokejumpers parachute into a wildfire with all this apparatus and gear.|
|Personnel Lockers. |
There are currently 85 smokejumpers who work out of the Missoula Base.
Their ages range from 20 to 50 years.
|The parachute hanging room. |
All chutes are numbered and hang onto the corresponding numbered hook for inspection.
|The job of the smokejumper is to suppress wildfires in the mountainous terrain of the western United States. |
This smokejumper is folding a parachute. Better that he not be distracted.
|From Alaska to New Mexico and from California to Wyoming, smokejumpers fight fires. |
These are packaged cargo chutes.
|Utilizing a fleet of fixed wing aircraft, including a Turbine DC-3, Twin Otter, and a Shorts Sherpa,|
firefighters can reach all parts of the country.
The museum part of the Smokejumping Base at Missoula included a replica fire tower which I found to be especially interesting. I guess it's the homemaker in me!
|This mounted circular map is a 1934 Osborne Firefinder. |
Readings from two lookouts determine the exact location of the fire.
Today an infrared scanner automatically detects fire locations.
|Today's Fire Danger is at "Very High"|