Jim Deeds describes his experiences working as a smokejumper from 1964 to 1968, primarily based out of Missoula, Montana, with some time spent in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and New Mexico. He discusses an incident in which he and his twin brother jumped a two-man fire together which resulted in the U.S. Forest Service establishing a new policy concerning brothers working together. Deeds analyzes some of the policy changes that have occurred between the 1960s and 1980s regarding professional jumpers, women jumpers, and the “let burn” policy.
Smokejumpers Montana Biography; Smokejumping Montana History; Smokejumpers West (United States) Biography; Smokejumping West (United States) History; Forest fires Montana; Smokejumping Social aspects
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 (67 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (23 p. : 28 cm.)
Deeds, Jim, "Jim Deeds Interview, July 30, 1984" (1984). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Project. OH 133-025.