Jumping into the fire in McCall, Idaho
Smokejumpers are a true national resource. They train and risk their lives to parachute into the middle of wildland fires all across the country. Since 1939, these American heroes have been largely trained and located in the Pacific Northwest. In particular, the base in McCall, Idaho — home to 70 of these brave souls — celebrates their 75th year in service this year.
When this crew is ‘off-the-clock’ they love to hunt together — and elk is their speciality. Watch as Brett Bittenbender, a 33 year veteran smokejumper, throws back a few Budweisers over Elk burgers he hunted himself in the Idaho back country.