The First Jump

Episode 9 | 5m 1s Video has closed captioning.

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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