Alice Page talks about her 30-year career with the U.S. Forest Service, and explains her duties within the Division of Fire Control as secretary for the division chief. Page reflects on the development of the smokejumpers program and the Forest Service’s safety record which boasted very few casualties until the 1964 Mann Gulch fires. She discusses the injury reporting process within the Division of Fire Control, and recalls the specific kinds of injuries she saw amongst the smokejumpers. Page also discusses World War Two, and how rationing affected the supply needs of the smokejumper program.
Mann Gulch, 1964; Moose Creek, 1959; Frank Derry; “Derry Slot”; Parachutes; Civilian Conservation Corps [CCC]; Civilian Public Service Program; World War, 1939-1945; Johnson’s Flying Service, Missoula, Montana; Earl Cooley; Missoula, Montana; Division of Fire Control
Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection, OH 133, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.): analog + 1 transcript (13 p.: 28 cm.)
Page, Alice, "Alice Page Interview" (1987). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Project. OH 133-122.