Above: The 15 graduates of the 2017 Northern Geographic Area rookie smokejumper training program. USFS photo.
Fifteen trainees were successful graduates of the rookie smokejumper training that recently concluded in Missoula, Montana. The Missoula base will claim 9 of them, Grangeville Idaho gets 5, and West Yellowstone one.
A person associated with the program told 26 started the class, which was more than they usually have.
And in related smokejumper news, last week Tory Kendrick was promoted to Base Manager in Missoula.
And, another 13 jumpers from McCall, Idaho, recently finished the Ram Air Transition Training (round canopy to square canopy).