Paul Sulinski Interview, July 13, 1983


Paul Sulinski


Nick Sundt



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Paul Sulinski describes how he became a smokejumper in the 1960s after moving from New Jersey to the West. He talks about working briefly at the jumper base in Winthrop, Washington, then joining the Marine Corps. Sulinski details going back as a smokejumper in the 1970s and working at bases in Alaska. He discusses the differences between smokejumping in Alaska and the ones in the lower 48 states. He also describes the changes in jumping procedures and innovations since he started. Sulinski concludes the interview by sharing his opinion about women entering the smokejumping program, and his concerns that jumper standards would be lowered to accommodate them.


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Document Type

Oral History


Smokejumpers, United States; Women smokejumpers; Gender disparity, smokejumpers; Recruitment procedures, Smokejumpers, Smokejumpers, physical requirements; Smokejumper history; Smokejumping; Forest fires; Smokejumper standards; Redmond, Oregon; Winthrop, Washington; Redding, Alaska

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Nick Sundt Smokejumpers Oral History Project, OH 172, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


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

Oral History Number

Oh 172-037

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (60 min.): analog + 1 transcript (23pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:00:46 minutes

Local Filename

OH_172_037.mp3; OH_172_037.pdf

Paul Sulinski Interview, July 13, 1983