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FIRE CREW: Stories from the Fireline [Kindle Edition]

Ben Walters , Kelly Andersson , Kari Greer
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Every year, thousands of young men and women think they would like a job as a wildland firefighter. And every year, tens of thousands of them do it — they fight the summer battles of wildfire on the forests and grasslands of the West. Some die. Some have the times of their lives. And many forge lifelong friendships and collect the memories of a lifetime.

This is the first book to vividly and honestly portray what it's really like — from the spine-chilling fear of a wildfire entrapment to the simple joys of a warm meal and a chilled soda. From the steep mountainsides of Idaho to the sweltering humidity of Florida, Ben Walters tells the stories of the fires he fought and the friends he made during his years as a wildland firefighter.

FIRE CREW: Stories from the Fireline is the real thing, a must-read for anyone who's done it or wanted to.


Editorial Reviews

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Alligators and water moccasins mix with jet planes and housing developments - and thundering flames -- in this insider look at wildland firefighting today. Ben Walters' realistic, day-to-day account of life on a BLM engine crew provides a welcome update on what it takes to defend the ground where homes and fire intersect. Sometimes it's a picnic, sometimes it raises mortal fears. Walters portrays the army of young people who battle the flames in readable, often funny, and always engaging style.
~ John N. Maclean, author of Fire on the Mountain: The True Story of the South Canyon Fire

What a great book. Couldn't put it down. Made me want to sit on a sandwich and sleep on a pile of ants.
~ Brian Ballou,  Fire Prevention Specialist, Oregon Department of Forestry

Send in the Marines?? Hell, what are the Marines gonna do?? With all due respect ... what we need are firefighters, wildland firefighters!! Hotshots!! Engine slugs!! Smokejumpers!! Ben Walters captures it all, from the first thigh-burning run to the party nights in Florida ... from missing the girl back home to a new world of best friends bonded through shared life-altering experiences.
~ Tony Duprey, Captain, Chumash Tribal Fire Department

"This is one of the few books - if not the only one - to accurately portray the realities of being a wildland firefighter. Ben Walters tells the story for many of the young men and women who live this life, and he does it with humor, sadness, and vivid storytelling that captures the days and nights on the fireline. FIRE CREW: Stories from the Fireline offers insight into why people do this hard, dirty and dangerous work."
 ~ Marc Rounsavile, Area Commander Team 4, retired

From the Back Cover

In this book, Ben Walters captures the perspective of a young man cast into the world of wildland fire - a world like one could never expect. He clearly and honestly portrays the realities of wildland firefighting and explains changes in firefighting strategies and policy, all of which are still very much in debate in 2011 and will remain in debate because of the lack of corporate and political willpower to make changes.
~ Mike Dietrich, Fire Chief, San Bernardino National Forest (retired)

What a great book. Couldn't put it down. Made me want to sit on a sandwich and sleep on a pile of ants.
~ Brian Ballou,  Fire Prevention Specialist, Oregon Department of Forestry

Send in the Marines?? Hell, what are the Marines gonna do?? With all due respect ... what we need are firefighters, wildland firefighters!! Hotshots!! Engine slugs!! Smokejumpers!! Ben Walters captures it all, from the first thigh-burning run to the party nights in Florida ... from missing the girl back home to a new world of best friends bonded through shared life-altering experiences.
~ Tony Duprey, Captain, Chumash Tribal Fire Department

Product Details

  • File Size: 553 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 061555248X
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006431D8K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,582 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Genuine, Down to Earth January 6, 2012
Format:Paperback
Ben displays an impressive and entertaining ability to capture and share with the reader his memories, thoughts, and emotions as his story progresses from his first day as a wildland firefighter to his eventual first Incident Commander position on a complex fire.

Some of Ben's experiences are universal in that all wildland firefighters have or will experience the same memorable events (if they stick around). Every wildland firefighter has a "first day" on the job, a first day of being in charge, and each will reach a time when they are forced to decide whether to do it another year or move on. The last event may sound easy enough, but as Ben repeatedly warns, "It gets in your blood".

I think anyone looking for a down to earth view of the daily life of a wildland firefighter will find the book interesting and informative. I personally found it enjoyable as each chapter evoked my own memories of similar times, places, excitement, and perhaps most nostalgic, the unbeatable sense of belonging and camaraderie that is inherent to the occupation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MAGNIFICENTLY WRITTEN MEMOIR March 14, 2012
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Ben Walters writes an extraordinary epic! It is spirited and engaging and educational. He journeys from first experiencing an awkward and raw sense of wildland fire fighting to a firm purpose of becoming the very best version of a wildland fire fighter.
It is a deeply felt book as he engages you in his "becoming of age" life between fires. You will enjoy this refreshingly honest ride with him as he gets you engrossed in his struggles, his joys and especially his crazy and wildly funny actions. Expect to laugh and cry as he tries with all his heart to make fire fighting alot of fun for the fire crew.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! November 12, 2012
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This is great read. I've read a lot of "fire books" and some seem to drag on forever with dry, boring, endless narrative. Ben's effort combines realism, excitement, information, and comedy in a manner that every reader would enjoy. It's a real page turner, that at times had me laughing out loud. I was sad to see the remaining pages run out like sand in an hourglass. Like a hot fudge sundae, it's good to the last spoonful, and will leave you wanting more. Thank you Ben! Can't wait for your next effort!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and Honest November 19, 2011
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The book was incredibly interesting in three ways. The book was well researched on the rangeland ecology so it was easy to understand the conditions necessary for dangerous fires. Second Walters wove his personal experiences in an honest and sometimes comical manner. And finally he allowed the reader to readily imagine what it was like to fight a fire. Great job.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read December 12, 2012
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As a wildland firefighter from the east coast having spent time fighting fires in Idaho, his tales of good times on the fireline brings back great and ever lasting memories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Memories Revisited November 20, 2012
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This book brought back many fond memories of my three summers of fire fighting for the Boise District BLM (1963-65). Many of the incidents and fire stories were similar to my experience. Our pumper trucks and aerial tankers were quite primitive compared to newer more sophisticated equipment. All in all it was a very good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, funny and informative January 20, 2012
By rice
Format:Paperback
This book is a great read. The stories are candid, funny, informative and alarming all at the same time. I live in Idaho and know about some of the fires that the author talks about. A debt of gratitude is owed to all our firefighters. A must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book January 20, 2012
By Nick
Format:Paperback
I loved this book. I don't read often but I couldn't put this one down. It was honest and exciting. Ben makes you want to fight fire along side him. He gives you a deeper respect for all of the men and women in the Firefighting field.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars good read
Fast read was looking for a little more depth of forest fires. But all in all a good book to read....
Published 29 days ago by Curtis Sanders
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice 1st hand stories
Interesting 1st hand accounts on woodland fire could do without the detailed drunk events but still a enjoyable book
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Published 1 month ago by Troy Waters
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I enjoyed watching the transition from High School graduate looking for a Summer job before heading to college to tried & true wild land firefighter. Read more
Published 1 month ago by NordicToad
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Complete Satisfaction
Published 1 month ago by Thomas Slee
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
Awesome book. I enjoyed it.
Published 2 months ago by Joan Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Has a bunch of great stories that ...
Great book. Has a bunch of great stories that gives a good view of him, who starts as a young funny immature kid, turning into a wildland firefighter IC. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Javan
4.0 out of 5 stars awesome book
Very interesting bought the book about storm king mountain that Ben Walters suggested. Started reading it last night so far so good!!!
Published 8 months ago by wy emt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
I loved this book. From page one, the details and stories provided by Ben Walters were great. I was a local firefighter for a decade around the same time as the author was... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Paul B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read...
T'was a fun ride! He exihited unabashed transparency in the positives and negatives.Quite engaging. Recommended light fair! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michael Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
As a wildland firefighter with over twenty years of experience I found this book to be awesome. I certainly identified with many of the author's fears, frustrations and triumphs. Read more
Published 16 months ago by RJ Hayden
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More About the Author

BEN WALTERS is a reformed party animal, former wildland firefighter, and former schoolteacher who lives in Idaho Falls, Idaho with his awesome and loving wife and children. After bunches of years, bunches of jobs, tons of good times, and a couple of college degrees, he realized it was time to settle down and start putting some of these experiences to paper before the words of his youth slipped away. Look for more of his stories in the future about hunting, fishing, horses, and other things in life important to him. And know that when the August sky is hazy from the fires, he is dreaming about those good old days.

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