They're in demand this summer with wildfires raging all over the country.
It's a tough dangerous job, but most wouldn't trade it for any other work.
The initial attack team when trucks and crews can't get there a special group of individuals are called.
"We sacrifice a lot to do it," Missoula based smokejumper John Marshall said.
Smokejumpers, some say they're crazy for jumping 1,500 feet into a fire.
"A lot of the jumps are different situations you always have to keep your head in the game and make sure you're ready," Missoula based smokejumper Brice Jones said.
But to them it's just another day on the job and when they're out fighting fires there's a camaraderie, trust, not just of a colleague, but a fellow teammate.
"We call it the buddy check because it's your buddy saying all of your equipment is good and you're ready to go," Marshall said.
Before loading on a plane a partner checks a jumpers gear making sure everything is good to go.
The series of checks takes about a minute to complete, but covers about 40 pieces of gear making sure the team is ready to go.
"Basically putting your life and safety in another person's hands and they do the same for you," Jones said.
Jumpers have three minutes to get all of this gear on and rush to the plane.
The jump spot they aim to land it can either be the size of a football field or as small as a patio.
After they jump they take off all 85 lbs of gear and start fighting the fire.
Because they are a national resource the 65-jumpers based in Missoula are spread out fighting fires all over the country.
About 16 jumpers stay in Missoula in case a fire breaks out in Montana.
They can be anywhere in the state in two hours or less.
"If you don't hear about the fires that's what we hope to have happen that means the smokejumpers have done their job," Missoula based smokejumpers Assistant Operations Foreman Tory Kendrick said.
Kendrick said on Tuesday a team of four jumpers were dispatched by Snowbowl north of Missoula to fight a break out fire.
Jumpers were able to completely put out the flames and return to base early Wednesday morning, to Kendrick, a job well done.