Richard Tracy describes the different places where he served as a smokejumper from 1953 to 1982 including: Missoula, Montana; Silver City, New Mexico; and Redding, California. He recalls changes in the smokejumper program during his tenure, especially the training methods and equipment used. Tracy discusses the duties of different administrative levels, such as squad leader, foreman, and project supervisor, as well as administrative decisions and problems at the Silver City and Redding bases.
Smokejumpers West (United States) Biography; Smokejumping West (United States) History; Smokejumping Administration
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 (90 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (28 p. : 28 cm.)
Tracy, Richard S., "Richard S. Tracy Interview" (1984). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Project. OH 133-107.