As the first African American smokejumper starting in 1977, Pferron Doss discusses the attitudes of both jumpers and management toward minority employees. He describes his training in Missoula, Montana, and jumping out of bases in Washington, Oregon, and California. Doss talks about how his perspective about the profession changed when he moved into a management role. He also mentions the shift from people smokejumping as seasonal employment to pursuing it as a career.
Smokejumpers Montana Biography; Smokejumping Montana History; Minorities Employment United States; Alcoholism and employment
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 (45 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (14 p. : 28 cm.)
Doss, Pferron L., "Pferron L. Doss Interview, July 13, 1984" (1984). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Project. OH 133-029.