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The First Jump

Episode 9 | 5m 1s

In the first few decades of the 20th Century, fighting remote wildfires meant loading packs and hiking for days into rugged terrain. But the U.S. Forest Service had an out-there idea: Could they improve their speed to suppress fires more quickly by training firefighters to jump out of planes? In 1939, in Winthrop, Washington, they decided to try — and smokejumping was born.

Aired: 09/06/19

Rating: NR

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