U.S. Forest Service Fire and Aviation


 Malheur Rappel Crew

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The Malheur Rappel Crew (MRC) is located in the heart of the Malheur National Forest at the John Day Regional Airport in John Day, Oregon. The base is home to a thirty person crew, a Regional Initial Attack Rappel Helicopter, a National Rappel Helicopter, a National Large Fire Support Helicopter, and a Single Engine Airtanker (SEAT). Generally six to eight crewmembers are dedicated to the National Rappel Helicopter throughout the summer with a crew rotation every 14 days. The remaining rappellers continue their initial attack duties on the forest and throughout Region Six, boosting one of the other five rappel bases in the region, or boosting nationally to bases as far away as Colorado or New Mexico.

To learn more about becoming a rappeller and joining our team, click here.

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