Nick Sundt, Charlie Bragdon
Richard Montague discusses how firefighting funding was determined in the late-1970s and early-1980s, in terms of both prevention and suppression of wildfires. He describes the negotiation process between firefighting outfits, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Congress for appropriate funding. Montague also explains how fire management has come to utilize analytics in determining the most cost-effective and effective size of crews, location of jumper bases and amount of equipment necessary to prevent and suppress fires. With these analytics, Montague explains that management has permitted fires to become larger, allowing them to be contained by natural barriers before sending in fire crews, in order to preserve resources. Montague also explains the job responsibilities are various people in the fire management system and the affirmative action measures of fire crews to incorporate female firefighters into their crews, detailing some of the different skill sets that they bring.
Smokejumping; U.S. Forest Service; Fire Suppression; Firefighting logistics and funding; Affirmative Action; Female smokejumpers; Rocky Mountain West; Congressional fund allocation
United States; Idaho; Montana; Oregon
Nick Sundt Smokejumpers Oral History Project, OH 172, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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Oral History Number
1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (18 p.: 28 cm.)
Montague, Richard E., "Richard E. Montague Interview, January 14, 1982" (1982). Nick Sundt Smokejumpers Oral History Project. 5.