First Responders Stamp to be Dedicated

This year’s First Responders forever commemorative stamp from the U.S. Postal Service will be formally dedicated at aerial firefighting center in Montana.

The dedication will be at 11 a.m. Mountain Time September 13 at the Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center in Missoula, Montana. The base is located next to the Missoula International Airport.

Smokejumpers are a highly skilled, rapid response and operationally focused fire resource that provide initial attack suppression on emerging fires, according to the Missoula Smokejumpers Center website (www.fs.fed.us/fire/people/smokejumpers/missoula).

Currently, there are 75 smokejumpers, consisting of men and women from diverse backgrounds, stationed at the base. The range in age from the early 20s to the 50s, and considered “highly trained and experienced firefighters.”

Chief U.S. Postal Inspector Guy Cottrell, of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, will lead the dedication ceremony.

Artist Brian Stauffer worked with art director and designer Antonio Alcalá and designer Ricky Altizer to create the stamp, the first U.S. stamp to specifically honor firefighters, police officers and emergency medical personnel. Images of individuals from all three of those services are rendered in red, white and blue on the stamp.