FORT ST. JOHN– Parattack teams are ready to drop into the summer wildfire season after completing smokejumper spring training with 15 successful new recruits. 

Crews from Fort St. John and Mackenzie have already responded to several fires across the northern expanse of the province.

A smokejumper looks out onto a wildfire from a plane; a parattack crew lands in a field. ( photo collection: 2015.

The teams, made of both seasoned smokejumpers and rookie recruits, have handled blazes in both Prince George and Northwest fire centres. 

Parattack crews are specialized teams of initial attack wildfire fighters who fly to remote and hard to reach fires and parachute into the area with required gear and tools. As a rapid response unit, they typically head to the highest-priority fires.

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Grace Giesbrecht

Grace Giesbrecht is a news reporter for who recently graduated from Trinity Western University with a bachelor of arts in Media + Communications. She was born and raised just outside of Fort St. John. She began reporting for her university’s student newspaper and interned with Ottawa Life Magazine where she developed a passion for asking questions, telling stories, and the written word. In her free time, you can find her drinking coffee, snowboarding, or reading novels.