Lora Trout had worked for the Teton Interagency Helitack crew for five years when she decided it was time to chase her dream of becoming a full-time helicopter pilot.
“That’s a common theme in our job,” said Travis Nichols, a coworker and friend during Trout’s time on the Teton crew. “Especially with helitack crews, people start saying they want to go be a helicopter pilot. A lot of people I know have said it, and then they go back to doing helitack. But not Lora.”
Lora had more than six years’ experience on helitack and fire crews in Montana, Colorado and California. Prior to her work in helitack, she worked as a wildland firefighter on the White River National Forest in Colorado and Boise National Forest in Idaho. She also worked as a helitack squad boss on the Tonto National Forest in Arizona.
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