Robert James discusses the five years he worked as a smokejumper, starting in 1975. He describes the training and equipment of smokejumpers at the Missoula, Montana base, especially the parachutes and chute malfunctions. James also recalls fighting fires in other states like Alaska and New Mexico, and compares the smokejumpers from different bases. He talks about some of the changes he has observed in the smokejumper program, such as the inclusion of women in the program.
Smokejumpers Montana Biography; Smokejumping Montana History; Smokejumping Equipment and supplies
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 (20 p. : 28 cm.)
James, Robert, "Robert "Bob" James, July 21, 1984" (1984). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Project. OH 133-050.