#mypubliclandsroadtrip meets BLM’s Boise, Idaho Smokejumpers
Did you know?
-The U.S. has about 450 jumpers. (Conversely, Russia uses about 4,000 jumpers.)
-Smokejumping in the U.S. dates back to 1939. The first operational fire jump occurred in 1940 on the Nez Perce National Forest in Idaho.
-The Boise jump base employs some 80-85 jumpers every season. During the fire season, these jumpers are based out of other locations in the Great Basin, depending on where the needs are.
-When a smokejumper leaves the airplane, he or she is wearing about 85 pounds of equipment.
-Smokejumpers suit up in approximately 2 minutes. The load of jumpers takes about eight minutes to get suited up and into the air after getting a dispatch.
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