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Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center

5765 West Broadway Street, Missoula, MT 59808
+1 406-329-4934
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Ranked #4 of 28 attractions in Missoula
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The US Forest Service have a Visitors Centre at their smoke jumpers base at Missoula airport. A guide explained the qualifications required, the training undertaken and then their operational life. This was then followed by a walk through of their maintenance area, parachute packing area & the store area where they have parachutes & supply packs. It takes a special... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

It was free but we left a donation.We learned so much about the smoke jumpers. The tour guide did a great job!! It takes some very special men and women to do this job!!

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Green Valley, Arizona
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202 reviews 202 reviews
89 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This was a great place to visit and learn about these most elite of all firefighters and the grueling training and hours that goes into a smoker jumper's career. You can tour the museum yourself where there are great exhibits-some of them interactive-and five videos you can view ranging from a couple of minutes to 15 minutes. There was a... More

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St. Louis
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106 reviews 106 reviews
57 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This was one of the neatest thing we saw on our trip and it was a great tour. It was free. The museum should charge a small fee to cover their expenses. The coolest thing about this museum tour is that you get to see how the smoke jumpers train, how the parachutes are packed and stored. The smoke jumpers... More

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Topsfield, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

very nice tour of the smoke jumpers home base. very informative. we just missed a response so there were no jumpers there other than the few packing supplies. my husband is a retired firefighter and thought the place was interesting!!!

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Billings, Montana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Excellent place to visit. Very informational and VERY interesting! We were recommened by a local hotel and it was really great. We would recommend to anyone!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Neat way to see how the smokejumpers work and prepare to jump into a forest fire. Glad they do it, they are a great group of people.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

It's amazing what some people will do for a living, but this must be more of a calling. They receive pretty terrible pay to risk their lives every day to save others. It's a great stop in Missoula and very educational.

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Toowoomba, Australia
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25 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

I reluctantly visited the Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center and how inspired I was by the end of the tour. I had no idea of the level of training, of fitness and sheer bravery the men and women exhibit. Our guide, Darby was patient with our questions and extremely informative. The US is indeed fortunate to have men and... More

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Suffolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

We didn't realize how important this center is until the next morning when we got the report that the Lolo Fire had expanded. We actually got to see the planes in action!

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