Jason A. Ramos, U.S. Smokejumper
A U.S. Smokejumper in his 14th season, Jason Ramos has been fighting fires for nearly 25 years from structural to wildland firefighting. Based out of the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in the rugged Cascades of Washington State, Ramos has fought fires from Alaska to Florida and nearly everywhere between. Smokejumpers are highly trained wildland firefighters who parachute into remote areas to fight fires. They also can be called upon to assist in search and rescue missions. They work anywhere from small teams of two, to larger missions consisting of
multiple resources and agencies. Smokejumpers are highly specialized and trained professionals who work independently in some of the most difficult terrain imaginable. They remain one of the oldest resources deployed by government agencies today. Before a candidate can apply to the smokejumper program, significant experience and familiarity with wildland firefighting is required. Unlike other wildland firefighting personnel, smokejumpers do not tend to be 18 or 19 year olds, fresh from high school, but seasoned men and women in their late 20’s and early 30’s.
In addition to his smokejumping career, Ramos founded Product Research Gear, LLC. For nearly a decade, PRg has been evaluating and testing gear, consulting for companies and designing products. PRg’s evaluation model calls on the experiences and insights of industry professionals, in some of the most rigorous conditions in the world. For businesses, PRg consults on products ranging from from prototypes and cutting-edge models to tried and true classics. A solutions company, PRg offers insight, design advice, reviews and marketing ideas
for the professional and outdoor retailers.