Fred Rohrback discusses his time as a smokejumper for both the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from 1965 to 1973. He compares jumping for the different organizations, as well as the differences between working at bases across the western United States and in Alaska. Rohrback describes training at Missoula, Montana, fire jump procedures, and let downs from tree landings. He also comments on some of the changes in the smokejumper program, including the advent of the professional jumper.
Smokejumpers West (United States) Biography; Smokejumping West (United States) History; Smokejumpers Alaska Biography; Smokejumping Alaska History; Bureau of Land Management
Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection, OH 133, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (60 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (18 p. : 28 cm.)
Rohrback, Fred, "Fred Rohrback Interview" (1984). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Project. OH_133_091.