Training is responsible for the instruction, testing, and tracking of a complex and multi-specialty training program that includes highly specialized and high risk courses in the subjects of wildland fire, rugged terrain parachuting, smokejumper technical skills, field skills, and emergency medical training that range from 40-240 hours in duration.
Each spring, returning jumpers must complete a thorough refresher class that takes about two weeks to complete. Jumpers must pass a physical fitness test, review wildland fire tactics, demonstrate competence of jump procedures, and successfully perform at least 5 practice jumps.
Rookie Smokejumper training is one of the most demanding courses in wildland fire. The 4 week course is very physically demanding and requires candidates to successfully master a wide variety of smokejumper technical skills.
Training has oversight for an active Emergency Medical Technician program with over 40% of the base’s smokejumpers certified as EMTs.
Please see SMJ Training for more information.