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: 09/06/19Video has closed captioning.