Extreme Rescue – USA: Smoke Jumpers

Around the world men and women are on alert. When a cry for help is received, they respond and are willing to give their lives so that others may live. From raging summer forest fires to freezing mountain storms and deep into the Arctic ocean’s polar night we bring you a story about rescuers working in the worst conditions our natural world has to offer: the fire, ice and the sea.

For the fire element to this series we traveled to Idaho, heart of the American Mid West and home to an elite group of parachute firefighters called the ‘Smoke Jumpers’. As the name suggests, they jump into smoke most often coming from forest fires sparked by dry lightning storms.

Full Series


  • Year: 2008
  • Duration: 52
  • Production: Patly Productions
  • Director: Dominique Pipat, Nick Robinson
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France