- Author:Joe Boddy,Earl Cooley
- Publisher:Mountain Press Publishing, MIssoula; 1st Edition edition (September 1, 1984)
- Pages:204 pages
- FB2 format1945 kb
- ePUB format1540 kb
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Such was Earl Cooley's introduction, on July 12th 1940 when he was 28. .
Such was Earl Cooley's introduction, on July 12th 1940 when he was 28, to the completely new science of smokejumping. After years spent trying to douse the forest fires of America's West from aircraft-labouring skywards with water stowed in five-gallon cans and beer barrels-this was the first attempt to parachute firefighters to blazes too remote to reach by road. In the 22 years Mr Cooley was to spend doing it, it was also his closest call. A quarter of his history of smokejumping, Trimotor and Trail, was devoted to the Mann Gulch episode. He had 13 crosses made of concrete and put them on the hillside where each body was found. Every year he would check on them.
Earl Cooley (1911–2009) spent his career working in the United States Forestry Service (USFS), where he was concerned with developing new methods of fighting forest fires. In 1940, he was one of the first US firefighters to be parachuted from a plane into an area affected by wildfire. Cooley went on to train others to fight fires by smokejumping. After his retirement from the USFS, he set up the National Smokejumper Association, of which he was president from 1993 to 1995.