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NIFC smokejumper dies after rare training accident

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NIFC smokejumper dies after rare training accident

By Grendel Levy. CREATED Sep 27, 2013

Family and friends of a Boise firefighter mourned his death Friday night.   Mark Urban, 40, was fatally injured during a proficiency jump around 1:00 p.m. Friday afternoon, at a practice facility near Prairie, east of Boise.

Officials with the National Interagency Fire Center said there may have been a problem with Urban's parachute.   NIFC spokesman, Ken Frederick, said of Urban, "He's really going to be missed."

A smokejumper has not died due to parachute problems since 2000.  NIFC has dispatched a team to perform a thorough investigation into the accident.