Service Oriented: The BLM Boise Smokejumpers is a service organization dedicated to performing with excellence every time we are called.
Self-reliance, Cooperation, teamwork: Smokejumping demands both self-reliance, when the mission calls for largely independent action, and teamwork. Smokejumpers must be able to cooperate with firefighters and others from a multitude of agencies and backgrounds.
Adaptability: Smokejumper candidates should realize that change, frequent travel, and uncertainty are part of the smokejumper job. Smokejumpers must adapt well to rapidly changing environments and situations, prolonged periods of intense fire activity, and periods of no fire activity.
Attitude: A positive, “can do” attitude is essential.
Physical Fitness: Smokejumper specific duties demand exemplary physical conditioning. Smokejumpers are required to maintain peak fitness due to the extreme physical demands of the job, all jumpers must be in excellent condition. It is not uncommon to construct fireline for 14 to 16 hours per day on a regular basis. Both strength and endurance are of the utmost importance. A medical examination is required for all first year smokejumpers.
Physical Training Requirements
The physical training (PT) test is administered on the first day of rookie training. The OPM Physical Fitness Standards for smokejumping are as follows:
- Run 1.5 miles in 10:47 minutes or less
- 6 pull-ups
- 30 push-ups
- Pack 110 pounds on level terrain in 65 minutes or less
There is a maximum of five minutes rest between exercises. If you fail to complete the above tests you will be dropped from the program.
The BLM Smokejumpers have established target standards based off of the BLM Fitness Challenge:
- Run 1.5 miles in 9:30 or run 3 miles in 22:30
- 10 pull-ups
- 60 sit-ups
- 35 push-ups
- Pack 110 pounds on level terrain for 3 miles in 55 minutes or less.
The BLM Smokejumpers have recognized that these standards are often good indications of an individual’s potential for successful completion of rookie training.