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U.S. Forest Service Smokejumpers in TV Special

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U.S. Forest Service Smokejumpers in TV Special

I’m probably the last person in the fire community to have seen SMOKEJUMPERS. The one-hour special, which follows Missoula rookie smokejumpers, aired last month on Country Music Television (CMT). I knew about it well in advance: Bill Gabbert over at Wildfire Today even did a write-up on it a week ahead of time.

As a former U.S. Forest Service Smokejumper, hearing the news that there would be a reality TV program about Smokejumpers made me cringe. Hollywood’s version of firefighting rarely resembles reality, and though I enjoy watching the Red Skies of Montana as much as the next person, it promotes an unrealistic interpretation of what we do. To my surprise, I found the program thoroughly watchable. Despite a couple of places where I disagreed how the job was portrayed, the show was exciting and fun to watch. Here’s hoping that the show comes back for a few more episodes!

Photo credit: AugustGregg via Creative Commons

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One Response to “U.S. Forest Service Smokejumpers in TV Special”

  1. Ken says:

    Sounds like there will be a production crew with the Missoula Smokejumpers again this season. Can’t wait to see the follow up shows.

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