Optional Field Trips will take place on Saturday, October 13th following the close of the Convention.
Tour 1: Guided tour through the DNRC, Equipment Development and Communications Center (EDCC) builds the fire trucks for the DNRC’s direct protection and county coop fire programs across the State of Montana. They run the Federal Excess Property Program (FEPP) and the Department of Defense Fire Fighter Program (FFP) procuring and distributing excess military equipment for emergency service operations in Montana. The EDCC also provides the communications infrastructure for DNRC’s fire program across the entire State.
Tour 2: Self Guided Visit to Smokejumper Visitor Center – The Smokejumper Visitor Center is located in Missoula, Montana, home to the largest smokejumper base in the country. The Smokejumper Visitor Center provides a unique and interactive opportunity to learn about this demanding and important occupation. The free tour of the facility includes a visit to the Smokejumper loft, the ready room, and the National Smokejumper memorial. There is also a gift shop and museum, which includes a fire lookout tower originally built in 1930. During the summer, Smokejumper aircraft are also present, and visitors may even see Smokejumpers dispatched to a fire.
Tour 3: Self Guided Visit to Museum of Mountain Flying – The Museum of Mountain Flying was established in the summer of 1993 by Stan Cohen, Dick Komberec, and Steve Smith. It basically started because the old “boneyard” of Johnson Flying Service, three acres just east of the Missoula Airport was up for sale. The three decided to tie up this land and start some type of museum to honor and preserve the history of the premier mountain flying service in the Northern Rockies area from the late 1920s to the early 1970s stationed in Missoula, Montana.