Meaning of smokejumper in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsməʊkˌdʒʌmpə/


North American
  • A firefighter who arrives by parachute to extinguish a forest fire.

    ‘BlackHawk Products Group has announced the acquisition of Wildfire Warrior, manufacturer of wild land fire fighting tools for hot shot crews and smokejumpers.’
    • ‘As we looked into the yawning gulch, Sallee remarked on a continuing mystery of the fire: how it had managed to get below the smokejumpers without them seeing it.’
    • ‘Aboard, with Edgar Mitchell and Alan Shepard Jr. was Stuart Allen Roosa, also known as ‘Smokey’ for his background as a U.S. Forest Service smokejumper (firefighters who jump from planes into forests to battle raging fires).’
    • ‘The smokejumpers had been in existence for only a decade, and firefighting was a simple, adventurous affair-get to every fire quickly, the standing orders said, and have it under control by 10: 00 A.M. the next morning.’
    • ‘The smokejumpers landed in the head of the gulch, a half mile below visible fire.’