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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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Very educational!

We had a wonderful tour of this facility. Our guide was great and so were all of the smokejumpers we had interaction with. Very interesting and inspiring! These guys are amazing... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
kathyterrell
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Daingerfield, Texas
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Daingerfield, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a wonderful tour of this facility. Our guide was great and so were all of the smokejumpers we had interaction with. Very interesting and inspiring! These guys are amazing! We owe them our thanks!

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Hannover, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is a MUST SEE when you visit Missoula. Not only you get to see a very good documentation, but when you take the guided tour, you see the actual training facility and how the Smoke Jumpers - the special forces of the fire fighters - fold their parachutes and how they tailor-make their own equipment: They are the heroes... More 

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Stevensville
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We toured the Smoke Jumper Center and were in awe as we learned about what these courageous people do. We were able to see the gear that they use and wear and the training that they go through. Gave us a great appreciation of the jumpers for the work that they do fighting fires.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Took my family and it was a very small museum, the receptionist was on the phone the entire time. It was just not that cool.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

The tour is awesome. The tour guide was enthusiastic about the work. Also the film's are very interesting not only for firefighter.

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Ennis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Having read about smoke jumpers, I was really excited to be able to visit this facility and take the 45-minute guided tour. Such brave men and women! There is also a small exhibition area with a few videos to watch. A highlight of our trip through Montana.

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Ogden, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Spent the week here working on Forest Service project. Great facility with ample amenities. Will look forward to coming back here for other work.

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Chevy Chase, MD
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

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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