Smokejumper: A Memoir by One of America's Most Select Airborne Firefighters (Paperback)

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Jason A. Ramons’s memoir shines a light onto a rare profession growing increasingly important: airborne firefighters, who parachute into burning areas too remote to otherwise reach. He shares the history of smokejumping, the pioneers who began the program in 1939, and the trials he underwent to join these memorable few. A compelling, timely read. --Cressida

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-A fascinating look- (Esquire) at the thrilling world of smokejumpers, the airborne firefighters who parachute into the most remote and rugged areas of the United States, confronting the growing threat of nature's blazes.

Forest and wildland fires are growing larger, more numerous, and deadlier every year -- record drought conditions, decades of forestry mismanagement, and the increasing encroachment of residential housing into the wilderness have combined to create a powder keg that threatens millions of acres and thousands of lives every year. One select group of men and women are part of America's front-line defense: smokejumpers. The smokejumper program operates through both the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Though they are tremendously skilled and only highly experienced and able wildland firefighters are accepted into the training program, being a smokejumper remains an art that can only be learned on the job. Forest fires often behave in unpredictable ways: spreading almost instantaneously, shooting downhill behind a stiff tailwind, or even flowing like a liquid. In this extraordinarily rare memoir by an active-duty jumper, Jason Ramos takes readers into his exhilarating and dangerous world, explores smokejumping's remarkable history, and explains why their services are more essential than ever before.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062319630
ISBN-10: 0062319639
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: July 5th, 2016
Pages: 272
Language: English