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Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center

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Address: 5765 W Broadway St, Aerial Fire Depot, Missoula International Airport, Missoula, MT 59808-9361
Phone Number: +1 406-329-4934
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Though the museum is small and some of the exhibits and videos are dated, the tour of the facility and the explanation of the smokejumpers work made it a worthwhile stop... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Chevy Chase, MD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Though the museum is small and some of the exhibits and videos are dated, the tour of the facility and the explanation of the smokejumpers work made it a worthwhile stop. Sometimes you do not realize how important are government services or how dedicated and brave the firefighters are, but this facility is an important reminder of both. Easy access... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The facility has a small museum that could stand to be remodeled, but, the tour is the highlight. You get to see a working facility. Firefighters working at various tasks from sewing their own equipment to packing parachutes. Great for adults and children of all ages.

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Missoula, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It's well worth a visit to this small museum, and the main smokejumper base right behind it. The price is FREE, but donations are accepted. There's a small theatre and gift shop in the museum, and a 45 minute tour of the adjoining base facilities. These guys and girls are our main line of defense for remote, mostly lightening-started fires... More 

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Parsippany, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was not familiar with smokejumpers until this visit. They have a small visitors center with a couple of exhibits but the real gem is the tour of the smokejumper facility. You really get a feel for what they do and how they operate. You get to see the parachute loft where deployed chutes hang until they are ready to... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the tour and it was really interesting. We were with our kids, aged 13 and 14, and we all enjoyed the tour. What made it even cooler was that we were in the actual facility where the smoke jumpers are hanging out and getting lunch waiting for the alarm to go off and for them to head out.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Has a very small visitors center, BUT what makes it great is the guided tour by an actual smoke jumper. Hard to not be in awe of their courage, selflessness, stamina and dedication! Got to see where they prep and make the gear and chutes, see their jump planes, and locker rooms. Quite inspiring.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Only the very best qualify for this elite service. Incredible physical requirements needed to parachute into a burning forest fire.

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Columbia Falls, Montana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The men & women that do this job are amazing! We happened to go on the tour when there was an active fire nearby so there was alot of activity on & around the base. The tour was very informative & awe inspiring to me. Most of the jumpers are about 40yrs old, and the physical demands of the job... More 

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Ulverston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The centre is easy to find on Airway Boulevard just off the I90. There is a small museum which has displays of current and historical fire fighting equipment and it explains the origin and role of "The Smokejumpers". There is a guided tour taken by current firefighters which lets you see the preparation and training areas the ready room and... More 

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Missoula, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited the smokejumper center several times over the years. This time our guide was Stacey who was awesome. She gave a wonderful explanation of the center, etc., and always allowed time for questions. This is a real gem, often neglected by tourists and locals. It's worth an hour of your time!

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