Tags: idaho | smokejumper | killed | parachute | fails

Idaho Smokejumper Killed When Parachute Fails During Training

By    |   Monday, 30 September 2013 08:58 AM

An Idaho smokejumper died during a training exercise near Boise Friday when his parachute reportedly malfunctioned.

Mark T. Urban, 40, had been a member of the Great Basin Smokejumper Base for 11 years, and was "very experienced, a leader in the program and one of the program's main trainers," Ken Frederick of the National Interagency Fire Center told CNN.

Urban reportedly got into an accident during a proficiency training jump about 45 miles east of Boise Friday and was pronounced dead by paramedics who arrived on the scene via helicopter.

Editor's Note: ObamaCare Is About to Strike. Are You Prepared?

His death marks the first smokejumper casualty since 2000, according to CNN.

Smokejumpers are firefighters who parachute into remote areas to fight wildfires. They are required to make a jump once every two weeks during fire season.

"Using high-performance aircraft and parachutes, the jumpers' primary mission is to be first on the scene when fires occur in remote areas," a description on the Bureau of Land Management's website reads. "The Boise Smokejumpers can operate out of Boise or virtually any airport with adequate runway length and fueling capabilities, providing a long-range, large-payload, rapid response to an emerging or ongoing fire."

Urban was one of about 75 smokejumpers at Boise's Great Basin Smokejumper Base, which is one of two smokejumper bases operated by the Bureau of Land Management. The other is in Fairbanks, Alaska. There are about 150 BLM smokejumpers in all. The U.S. Forest Service also has smokejumpers, about 300 at seven bases, according to The Associated Press.

Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

Related stories:

Daredevil Sailendra Nath Roy Dies Doing Ponytail Stunt on Zip Line

Nik Wallenda Grand Canyon Tightrope Walk Lights Up Twitter

Daredevil Skydiver Lifts Off For Stratosphere Jump  

© 2018 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

1Like our page
An Idaho smokejumper died during a training exercise near Boise Friday when his parachute reportedly malfunctioned.
Monday, 30 September 2013 08:58 AM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved