Smith, author of Report from Engine Co. 82 and editor of Firehouse magazine, has interviewed firefighters around the country, professional and volunteer, male and female, in big cities and in small towns, and here reports their observations about their careers. What shines through most consistently is their altruism: they love their work and not the least of the reasons for that affection is the opportunity they have to save lives, or at least to do good. Another strong element is camaraderie: firefighter after firefighter mentions the sense of family that each feels, a feeling almost as strong as that for the biological family. There are accounts of choosing firefighting as a career, the baptism of fire, firehouse life and, in a really harrowing chapter, details of some of the worst blazes. The book is as moving as it is informative. Photos not seen by PW. $75,000 ad/promo; author tour.
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An unforgettable journey through the daily lives of the brave men and women who have made saving lives their profession.
Dennis Smith, author of Report from Engine Co. 82, traveled across the country talking to dozens of America's firefighters to put together this powerful collection of their own descriptions of their most dramatic and intense experiences on the job. Their stories, compiled here, are timeless testimonies to the human capacity for heroism and nobility.
Focusing on the most courageous firefighters, from those who have been decorated for heroism to those who have been seriously injured, Firefighters presents the extraordinarily rich and rugged voices of men and women who fight urban building fires, who battle sweeping forest fires, who perform emergency rescues, and who face extreme danger and risk as part of their everyday lives. Sometimes brave, sometimes funny, sometimes bittersweet or filled with anger, these voices combine to make Firefighters both a riveting adventure drama and a moving chronicle of American heroism at its finest.
Interesting read for the brothers and sisters in the fire service. Dennis Smith hits a home run every time one of his books is publishedPublished 20 days ago by Tom
No real store line. Just a lot of paragraph stories told by a lot of people. Nothing him depth to get you hookedPublished 3 months ago by Joshua Dixon
Great Book! Dennis Smith knows how to tell firefighter's stories. Shipped quick and it was in perfect condition!Published 3 months ago by T. Hess
Excellent accounts from firefighters in NYC and elsewhere, giving a broader idea of how emergencies are handled in different environments. A good read, but Report from Engine Co. Read morePublished 5 months ago by AngryDrumGuy
Great book, good read and has plenty of lessons you can implement while teaching your dept. Book was in mint condition and shipped quick, will buy from seller again.Published 7 months ago by Dave
Most of the stories were good. They gave a in depth look into what a firefighters life is like. There are quite a few "filler" stories that just fill up space. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Michael Dunning
In memory of the books of Studs Terkel, and just as good...an excellent look into an amazing culture of firefighting.Published 11 months ago by Lawrence J. Kreger