Denis Alexander Bittner
James “Smokey” Alexander discusses joining the first smokejumper squad in 1940 after working as a firefighter in Great Falls, Montana. He describes the genesis of the United States smokejumping program, fellow smokejumpers, his training, and the equipment the smokejumpers used during the early 1940s. Alexander discusses his first jump on July 20, 1940 into the Cox Creek Fire in central Idaho. He also describes subsequent jumps and the Mann Creek Fire of 1949.
Smokejumping training; Smokejumping equipment; Cox Creek Fire, 1940; Mann Creek Fire, 1949; Smokejumping, Pacific Northwest; Firefighting, Great Falls, Montana; Smokejumping program, United States
Forestry, Land Use, and Conservation Oral History Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (90 min.): analog + 1 transcript (13 p.: 28 cm.)
Alexander, James Arthur, "James Arthur “Smokey” Alexander Interview, December 8, 2002" (2002). Forestry, Land Use, and Conservation Interviews Oral History Collection. 15.