smokejumperLocated in Missoula, Montana visitors will have access to visiting the Ariel Fire Depot & Smokejumper Center. The attraction is located one-half mile west of the airport. The depot center is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The Smokejumper Center is open from 8:30 am to 5 pm. They provide hourly tours to the public and the cost is free. Visitors will learn about the management of wildfires and about the unique job of smokejumpers. Tourists will also be able to see the training center and parachute loft during their time. Donations are accepted for those who would like to assist the center in providing services to the public.

Individuals interesting in becoming a Smokejumper can also learn about what it takes to help fight fires in the forest land of the United States. The job is very adventurous and is critical to protecting our beautiful Montana area. Interested parties can purchase the Become a Smokejumper Membership for only $15 and learn about the history of smokejumping, what smokejumpers do, how to become one, reports on smokejumper base locations, and more.

Visiting the Ariel Fire Depot & Smokejumper Center will give tourists an appreciation for the “Keepers of the Flame.” This unique opportunity is a great tool for educating the next generation about fire safety and fire dangers in a different view. This is definitely a must see for anyone who is in the Montana area.

Photo Information: This photo is provided by and given credit to Fort Wainwright Public Affairs Office – on with permission via Creative Commons Licensing.




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