Joe Gutkoski Interview

Title

Joe Gutkoski Interview

Interviewee

Joe Gutkoski

Interviewer

Dan Hall

Files

Download Transcript of Joe Gutkoski Interview (1.1 MB)

Description

Joe Gutkoski describes his experiences as a smokejumper from 1950 to 1963. He discusses the training facilities at the Nine Mile Ranger Station in Montana, as well as the duties of a squad leader and a foreman, both of which he worked as during his career. Gutkoski describes the aftermath of the 1949 Mann Gulch Fire, including the U.S. Forest Service’s investigation of it. He also talks about being a part of the first experiments of jumping out of a helicopter without a parachute in 1954, fighting fires throughout the western United States, and experiencing the rivalries between different smokejumper bases.

The audio for this interview is available at Archives and Special Collections, but has not yet been digitized.

Type

Oral History

Subjects

Smokejumpers Montana Biography; Smokejumping Montana History; Smokejumping Equipment and supplies; Forest fires Montana

Original Date

7-22-1984

Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana

Language

eng

Original Collection

Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection, OH 133, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library

Rights

Copyright to this collection is held by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use of this item. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 133-043

Media Type

Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (60 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (17 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

application/pdf

Local Filename

OH_133_043.pdf

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