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Firefighting Lore: Strange but True Stories from Firefighting History (Fire service history series) Paperback – September 1, 1993


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  • Series: Fire service history series
  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Squire Boone Village (September 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 092516514X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0925165145
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a book such as this, Conway--a former fire chief and publisher of a number of books on the history of fire fighting--can't really avoid telling the story of the Great Chicago Fire. However, he doesn't pay much attention to the cow that knocked over the lantern, concentrating instead on the dispatcher who was intent on playing the guitar and failed to turn in an alarm. Almost lost to history, Conway says, is a fire that began on the same evening some 250 miles to the north, in Peshtigo, Wisconsin. About 1,200 people died there, four times more than in Chicago. Conway tells of other great fires--such as the ones set in Honolulu to control bubonic plague--and of historical curiosities, such as the fire extinguisher invented by Squire Boone, Daniel Boone's younger brother, and why soda ash extinguishers were finally banned (they often exploded). Together, these short, readable tales give a rough history of fire fighting in the U.S. John Mort

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By briant on January 1, 2013
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The recipient of this gift was thrilled with it. The product was as advertised and in excellent shape for a used book for it's age.
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By Stephanie Dulaney on September 13, 2011
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This book is great for someone looking for history in the fire service. Once you start the book, it is hard to put down. This is a must have for all firemen.
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