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Wyoming is a state of small towns, surprisingly diverse, and with a strong sense of community. WyoFile believes in giving voice to the characters and communities that make up Wyoming.

Firefighter and EMS staffer Cody Lara watches the rest of a Fourth of July parade after participating in the procession Monday in Jackson. He is one of 460 firefighters employed in Wyoming, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Angus M. Thuermer Jr./WyoFile)


460 firefighters are employed in Wyoming where a deadly 1937 forest fire generated the idea for smokejumpers.