Photostory #16: Saskatchewan Smoke Jumpers: Peacetime Paratroops
National Film Board of Canada
July 5, 1955
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
Parachuting 2,000 from an aircraft into rugged timberlands and fighting a roaring forest fire is all in a day's work for the "smoke jumpers" of Saskatchewan's Department of Natural Resources Fire Control Service. Organized eight years ago, this unique service has saved thousands of dollars annually in rich timber by getting its well-trained fire-fighting crews to isolated outbreaks in a hurry. Once on the ground, smoke-jumpers job is to put out fire or keep it under control until help arrives overland. Rigid training programme keeps jumpers in top physical condition all year round.