Smokejumper by author Jason A. Ramos & Julian Smith is an in depth look at both the history, life as a smoke jumper and firefighting practices used by this elite group of men and women. Jason details his two + decades fighting fires including the rigorous training needed to become a smokejumper, the equipment used while interweaving personal stories on the job.
Jason has fought fires both small and large including the 250,000-acre Carlton Complex fire – the largest fire in Washington state’s history in 2014. He also takes a detailed look at some of the worst fire fighting disasters in the country’s history.
Jason is a ‘gearhead’ and part of the book is focused on what improvements can be made in gear that the firefighters use in the field – including critical improvements that are needed to the emergency fire shelters.
This book is a timely read considering one of the worst droughts in recorded history is occurring in the Western USA. The mindset on how to fight fires, which fires to fight and what becomes priority in fighting specific fires is also covered in this book. To purchase Smokejumper, visit: www.smokejumperbook.com