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2008 - ALASKA ROOKIE TRAINING
The Alaska Smokejumper Rookie Training Program lasts about a month. Only experienced wildland firefighters are considered as potential candidates. In 2008, ten of sixteen candidates made it through training. They are: Scott Beninati, Ian Dooley, Travis Hart, Heith Hoerdeman, Kristen Hostetler, Jameson Kane, Brian Kirkman, Chris Lord, Jason Schroder, and Graham Worley-Hood. Led by Lead Rookie Trainer Derek Patton, the training cadre consisted of Jim Dibert, Randy Foland, Brandon Kobayashi, Gabe Lydic, Jeff Stark, Chris Swisher, amd Boise Smokejumper Rep. Dray Thompson. The intensive training focuses on parachuting skills, teamwork and physical fitness, rain or shine.
Swisher Leads the Pack...
...Through Slush & Snow
Foland Corralls the Herd
Stark Rounds the Bend
Out Of The Woods & Into The Pond...
...Through The Meadow
Push-Ups In Paracargo Bay

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