|WikiProject Wildfire||(Rated Start-class, High-importance)|
|WikiProject Fire Service||(Rated Start-class, Mid-importance)|
|WikiProject Forestry||(Rated C-class, Mid-importance)|
"The extra risk and trouble associated with this method is justified by the fact that the fixed-wing aircraft that carry smokejumpers are cheaper to operate over long distances and have higher top speeds than the helicopters often used for other fire deployments"
...Range, speed and payload. A jump ship typically carries several times the amount of personnel and equipment as a helicopter, right?
Forest Service uses rounds, Bureau of Land Management uses squares. and they jump out of planes in to a fire to help put them out! —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 21:21, 8 April 2011 (UTC)
Safety record / worst disaster
First Airborne Division?
The history section claims, "After observing smokejumper training methods at Ninemile Camp, Major General William C. Lee, U.S. Army, went on to establish the 101st Airborne Division, the first airborne unit in the Army." The Wikipedia 82nd Airborne Division (United States) claims that the 82nd was the first US Airborne Division. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 04:41, 1 January 2010 (UTC)
Basic Question unanswered
What do they dooooo? This article only says that they use helicopters to get to remote places, and their safety record. It doesn't say what they actually do when they are on the ground. Is it basic forest firefighting? Do they use water? Do they do the same thing as hotshots? What? This should get answered. Thx. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 00:14, 12 April 2013 (UTC)
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|While I don't believe I know enough about the subject to contribute an edit, I want to express amazement that the Smoke Jumpers link says nothing about Johnson Flying Service of Missoula, MT. They provided the original 'air lift' for the Missoula Smoke Jumpers, and I believe they also supported the Washington State base. I regularly saw Johnson's Ford tri-motors flyng out on missions from the original private field bordering South Avenue at Missoula when I was in high school. Later I spent a summer on a fire crew ('hot shots', not smoke jumpers) and we were field serviced by Johnson's DC-3 and an old Travelair doing air drops. You haven't lived until you have seen a 'daisy chain' of six or so big milk cans in kapok cases, containing gallons of fresh coffee and breakfast, dropping in free-fall toward your head at the base circle. Later the air service moved to Missoula's commercial airport, adjacent the new smoke jumper center. There is no independent link to Johnson Flying Service, either — also surprising because they provided a robust service to the region for many years. There were apocryphal tales about the exploits of the Johnson Ford tri-motor aircraft and the maniacs that flew them, but that is an area best left to people who knew them better than I. Faucon24 (talk) 17:34, 19 November 2008 (UTC)|
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