What is Required of a Smokejumper?

Because the work is often extremely physically demanding, all jumpers must be in excellent condition. It is not uncommon to construct fireline 14 to 16 hours a day on a regular basis. Both strength and endurance are of utmost importance to the job. A medical examination is required of all smokejumpers to ensure ability to work under extreme physical danger and irregular and extended work hours without hazard to self or others. Failure to meet any of the requirements will be grounds for disqualification

Note: Previous parachute training either sport or military is not required nor advantageous for prospective smokejumpers.

Smokejumping requires a high degree of motivation, individual responsibility and initiative. Jumpers must be willing to work long, hard hours and be away from home for extended periods of time.