Document


Title

Hot facts of life on the fire line
Document Type: Report
Author(s): US Forest Service
Publication Year: Unknown

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
  • firefighting
  • recruitment
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Record Last Modified: March 7, 2022
FRAMES Record Number: 8184

Description

WARNING: this is a historical document, and some of the content may be considered offensive many years later. If you read it, please consider the times and spirit in which it was written. It is suspected that it was developed during the World War II era because of the following statement, found on page 1: "The fellow who used to fight fires has gone to war.... IT'S UP TO YOU. IT'S YOUR WAR JOB." More specifically, the document was most likely written between 1942 and 1945, since the first smokejumper fire jumps were made in 1940 and cuffless "victory" trousers were mandated by the War Production Board, which was established in 1942. (Goodwin, 1994. No Ordinary Time. Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II). The War Production Board was disbanded in 1945, shortly after the war ended (Wikipedia).

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Citation:
USDA Forest Service. [Unknown date]. Hot facts of life on the fire line. Missoula, MT: USDA Forest Service, Northern Region. 16 p.