These are a selection of actual questions that have been sent in over the past two years.

Most, though not all, of the questions here could have been easily answered had those individuals simply read a few pages, or easier, just used the search function. This is not a service, we do it by courtesy only.

We are not expected to answer your questions and do so only by courtesy. Please understand that if the answer to your question is located within this website you are not likely to receive a reply. Try using the search function to retrieve information.

As for the requirements, there are NO exceptions, as the recruitment information clearly states.

    Questions:

  1. I am interested in purchasing 20 of your packs. I would like to set up the required paperwork to do the transfer from BLM to USFS. I do have fire numbers to charge these packs to so let me know how we need to proceed.


  2. I have 2 years of fire and am a very experienced firefighter and want to be a smokejumper. How do I apply?


  3. I am in the military and have lots of jumps. How do I become a smokejumper?


  4. I can't get into the jumper site. Why is it so complicated?


  5. Can I get access to your jumper site? I am a jumper in California?


  6. I am a writer and would like information on how to contact you for an article.


  7. Where can I get a Missoula Smokejumper T-shirt?


  8. I work hard and have many experence with fightin fires. You shoold hire me for smokejumping. Send me a paket for recruitment.


  9. Hey I was wondering if you guys individually sold the new fire packs I saw some of the Missoula jumpers wearing this year?


  10. I'm a Missoula jumper and want to get my photos on the website. How do I do that?


  11. Can we have a section where we can add ideas? Thought it would be cool to discuss items such as the new parachute and other stuff.


  12. I am attending an aviation school and I was interested in how I can become part of your airplane mechanics? Please E-mail me.


  13. My name is John and I am the accounts manager for an asia-pacific magazine, which is a trade journal that is circulated to all emergency service organisations including police and the military in Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific and now goes to many organisations in the USA, Europe and the UK. We would really like to do an article on the Smokejumpers, I believe that this would be of great interest to a lot of people, we would need about 1000-1500 words and of course photographs to accompy this. The Idea that first came to me was a brief history and then a section on the criteria for joining and the training involved and then carry onto a recent fire that the team have been involved in and making that like a story with photos. I don't know what you might have in mind but what ever it may be I'm sure it will a very good well worth reading.


  14. I have just completed my years service with the Royal Berkshire fire and rescue service in the United Kingdom. I have wanted to apply for some time to the United States Smokejumpers. I have allways wanted to branch out into forest fires but the United Kingdom does not have any forests to speak of and fires in them are rare as it is simply not hot enough. Is it possible for a foreigner to become a smoke jumper, even for a limited time on an exchange program? I would like to do this more than anything in the world. I know that these are not application sites but could you please forward this to the necesary people. My commanding officer has written me a glowing report which I would be happy to send or he could correspond with you personally if that would be preferable. If you cannot help me would you please give me some advice and?or e-mails of those who might be able to.


  15. Why do you give nasty answers?


  16. I have veterans preference after serving my country for 5 years. I have over 250 jumps and am a paramedic. How do I apply?


  17. Can you please send me an information packet and an application. I don't know if the new applications are available yet but if they are I would really appreciate it.


  18. What do you get paid?


  19. I am currently a Paratrooper for the United States Army. I have read the requirements on how to become a rookie smokejumper, I was wondering how I could enter the program this June with no fire crew experience, and where I could receive training equivalent to a year on a Hot Shot crew. Any information you could help me with would be a great help.


  20. Although I have not had any wild land fire experience I am seriously interested in becoming a smokejumper. Right now I am 17 years old and will be turning 18 in March of 2003. I would like it if you could either send me some information on where I could get the 2-season requirement.


  21. I am intrested in a job as a parachute rigger. I am in the Army as a parachute rigger and I have been packing cargo chutes and rigging loads for the past four years and personel chutes for a year before that. I am interested in any additional information that is not on your site.


  22. I am currently a LTJG in the US Navy. It is my intention that when my initial obligation to the Navy is complete in Nov 2004 to resign my commission to attend Law School. My plan is to attend Law School at UMT in Missoula. I am very intersted in temporary work as a smoke jumper, while attending school. I was wondering if you could tell me if that was feasible. Also I understand that smoke jumper training begins in June. Since I will be moving to MT in November of 2004, it was my plan to get my initial training early 2005. Would it still be possible to apply for the 2005 Smoke Jumper class?

























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  1. In order for us to take your money we need an agreement in place between the FS and the BLM. The national agreement just expired and they will be writing up a new agreement this winter. So if this is in place early enough we can use that. If not here is another way, you have BLM Montana order them and you pay them and we collect your money from them, because we already have an agreement in place with them. Make sense?

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  2. 2 years and very experienced! Does that mean 2 years of fire and very experienced in something else? Or very experienced for having 2 years in fire? Be aware that most people here have between 5 - 25 years, or more and don't class themselves as very experienced! Read the recruitment section of this website, and if you have the required experience, fill out the recruitment application form and we will send you a very experienced packet.

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  3. Read the recruitment section of this website, and if you have the required fire experience, fill out the recruitment application form and we will send you a packet. Prior jump experience is not an advantage.

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  4. Yeah I know. It must be hard to remember one simple little password. And even harder to fill out the simple little form that will mail it to you. Why did we hire you again....?

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  5. The Missoula Smokejumper 'jumper' site is only for jumpers from MSO, GAC and WYS as the information within is only pertinent to those bases. The majority of information is available within the public area.

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  6. Read the 'media guide' first. Then if neccessary contact us for further information through the form provided. Be aware that we get countless such requests.

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  7. At the Missoula Smokejumper Visitors Center. We're not a mail order company.

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  8. When you learn to read and write beyond a five year old come back and read the recruitment area of this website. Yes, we do hire some dummies, but prefer not to.

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  9. No. We can only sell packs to employees of the US Forest Service unless we set up an agreement with another agency. This agreement takes a lot of work to set up and cost us several hundred dollars, so we can't do it unless we were to sell 20 or more then we would need the order in October.

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  10. You learn to read. That's how. Must be one of the dummies we hired in question #4.

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  11. That's a great idea. You should go far in this organization. That's why we built one two years ago! It's called the 'comments' section. Did you write question #4?.

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  12. I dunno. You want the job. You find out. Leading Edge Aviation in Missoula may help you.

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  13. Let me get this right - you want us to write the article and supply the photos for YOUR trade magazine. Oh sure, we'll get right on it, we've got nothing else to do.:)

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  14. No. US citizens only. Existing Russian and Canadian smokejumpers sometimes help us or have exchange visits. But US Smokejumpers are all US Citizens.

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  15. The answers aren't nasty, maybe you are too sensitive. When you were in kindergarten your teacher probably told you there were no dumb questions. Well you're older now, and there are. If people were just a little more resourceful they would find the answers to the questions themselves here in this website, and save everyone some time.

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  16. That's great. You probably did a wonderful job for which you should be very proud and we are all grateful. However, you still need fire experience, as it clearly states in the recruitment area of this website. So when you get some of that, and in a few years with your veterans preference we'll probably offer you a job.

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  17. You could do it yourself on this website if you just read a little to find out where. Also it's hard to mail you a packet when you provide no address!

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  18. For most of us, not nearly enough. Ask congress to give up a little of theirs to pay us more. We start around $11/hr. After tax about $8.30/hr. On fires we get paid for 16 hours out of the 24 we're out there for, so then the wages go down to $6.70/hr. My wife makes a lot more at the coffee shop!

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  19. It's amazing! How many times do we have to say it. Do you think we just say these things for the hell of it. NO...we say it because we mean it. Now understand it and 'READ THE INFORMATION ON THIS WEBSITE!'

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  20. You have no experience yet you still fill out the recruitment form. Did you read the little tiny letters on the form page. You know the ones that when put together make words. Why are you wasting our time when everything you are asking can be simply read in those tiny little words on this site. The sad thing is you'll probably go far in government work.

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  21. All our riggers are, or have been, active smokejumpers. We don't hire parachute riggers, we train them to FAA standards up to Senior and Master Rigger. It isn't that hard and even some of the dummies we occassionally hire can handle it with a little remedial training.

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  22. Oh, yes of course, a woman and a vet, we'll set up an appointment for you to start whenever you like right away. Just one question - how do you expect to become a  l a w y e r  if you can't read? The navy must have taught you how to understand basic instructions, so why not utilize that vast skill and understand these instructions - you need FIRE EXPERIENCE - Maybe you should go back to 3rd grade and start over as you'll be wasting a lot of peoples', and your time, in remedial training for your big  l a w y e r  class! Oh dear, guess your plan's all screwed up already, well I guess that's life.

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