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So, as you may or may not know, I recently started my new job with the BLM smokejumpers in Boise, ID.  The overall job is essentially the same I’ve been doing for the last four years employed by the Forest Service Smokejumpers, with one major difference- completely different parachute systems.  Now some may think that if you know how to fly a parachute then it shouldn’t be that tough of a transition… Well, they are so different that it basically requires one to start over from the very beginning.  One-thirty this morning I arrived in Fairbanks Alaska, to the only other BLM Smokejumper base in the country.  Here I will complete 3 weeks of jump training on the new parachute system.  Imagine that the only thing that you have ever driven was a tank, then they put you in a Maserati.  Now consider that the consequences of making an error could be fatal… needless to say, this is going to be a very arduous and stressful couple of weeks, but hey, that’s basically my whole job in a nutshell.

Forest Service "Round" Forest Service “Round”

BLM "Square"

BLM "Square"

Today we had orientation and went over all of our jump gear to make sure that we are ready to go.  I’ll do posts regularly throughout training to keep everyone updated.

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