Monday, February 1, 2016

Fire Fighters



Welcome to Fire Fighter Week here at OPOD. We will look at men who keep the fires at bay this week, and start with this picture of a US Forrest Service Fire Fighter. He is parachuting into the location of the fire. This is very dangerous work, as winds can shift at any moment and put you in the way of the fire.

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  1. Definitely not a job for the faint hearted! (Or acrophobiacs.)

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  2. The smokejumper program began in 1939 as an experiment in the Pacific Northwest Region, and the first fire jump was made in 1940 on Idaho's Nez Perce National Forest in the Northern Region.

    http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/people/smokejumpers/

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  3. One of my cousins met her husband at a Montana university in the late 1950s when he was the instructor in a parachute jumping class she took. Neither of them ever became fire fighters, but there are women parachute jumpers in the firefighting service. Some have been among those who lost their lives in the terrible fires in the west in the last few seasons.

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