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Report from Engine Co. 82 Paperback – April 1, 1999
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About the Author
Dennis Smith is Professor of Sociology at Loughborough University, and the author of many books, including "The Rise of Historical Sociology" (Polity Press, 1991)
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In his 18 years as a New York City firefighter, he developed profound respect for the professionalism of the firefighters, police officers, EMTs, and nurses with whom he worked in the more than 40 alarms his engine company responded to every day. He witnessed their willingness to give of themselves in the course of their duty. The most important lesson about this dangerous occupation is to know that you can go one way and save a life, or you can go the other way and possibly lose your own. Prudence, experience and instinct provide the way.
In 2001, Dennis, who had spent half of his life in the emergency service, and the other half writing books, responded to the attack on the world trade center, arriving there just as the second building fell. He stayed for 57 consecutive days, first in rescue work and then in recovery. In the following year he wrote "Report from Ground Zero" which rose to the top of the best seller lists. He has since written San Francisco is Burning, and A Decade of Hope. Of Love and Courage, a book that has its ending set in Manila. It is his 17th book.
Dennis Smith's experience and reputation make him powerfully and uniquely able to represent the interests and needs of emergency professionals and departments. His remarkable career as firefighter, best-selling author, magazine publisher, business leader, and director of important youth serving and emergency-service not-for-profits provides him with a sound point of view about what is needed to make the world better and more dramatically connected.
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Smith captured forever the day to day grind of inner city firefighters, before air masks were used regularly. He brings the reader into the last days of pre-modern, urban firefighting, the suffocating heat, the blinding smoke, the gut wrenching fear and most of all the camaraderie that comes along with a job that requires disciplined teamwork and exacting attention to detail.
Report opens up with a fire, of course, where Engine 82 and Ladder 31 are forced to breach or break through a wall to get a teenager out of a rear bedroom of a burning apartment. The first two firefighters from Engine 82 enter without air masks and take a terrible beating before they're relieved on the line by two members who are "tanked up." Smith takes the reader through the entire event, step by agonizing step.
Smith lets us see the teeming ghetto that existed around his Intervale Avenue firehouse at the time - today, that same area is covered with single family Nehemia Homes. He takes the reader through the emergencies (gas and water leaks), car accidents, false alarms and spectacular fires, from a firefighter's perspective. In it, he chronicles the death of a fireman, from Engine 82, who fell off the back of the rig, or backstep, while responding to a false alarm.Read more ›
I just re-read the book, and doing so rekindled the respect and admiration for the heroes of the FDNY that it originally instilled in me 22 years ago. Recently a friend and I visited "The Big House" in the South Bronx, talked with the firemen, took pictures of the neighborhood, and brought Smith's book to life. The pull box at Charlotte St. & East 170th St. made infamous by Smith's book has been replaced by an ERS box; the crumbling, burning tenaments replaced by suburban looking homes. All that remains of the horrors that took place there in the seventies is the memories of daily heroism performed by the men of Engines 82, 85, Ladder 31 and 712 perpetuated by Smith's book.
Now a teacher, I'll be sharing Report From Engine Co. 82 with my class this year. I hope that with the use of this book, I can inspire the same respect, compassion, and concern for human life in my students that Smith inspired in me so long ago.
You don't have to be a firefighter or a "wanna-be" to love Report From Engine Co. 82. Treat yourself to it as soon as you can.
This book brings alive the fire service in New York City in the 1960's. This was one of the most challenging times in the New York City. During this time there were riots,a serious drug abuse problem, and politically charged agendas. But through all this the firefighters of New York City still had to provide fire protection to the citizens.
How many people can say that they know how it feels to be going to a fire to only find yourself a target for rocks, bricks and beer bottles. The men of Engine Company 82 and Ladder 31 found themselves in the situation more then once. These men had to deal with the pain and suffering of people that they went to help, and found that children involved made the job even harder.
Every shift they could look forward to arsons, malicious false alarms and the uncertainty of what might happen next. Did these men do this job for the money? I can say no they did not. They did it for the love of the job. That is why most firefighters do it. Most people and even some firefighters today do not realize the history and the changes that have been in the past 40 years.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to reads a book that they do not want to put down. Once you pick it up, you will not put it down until you are finished.
All in all, a wonderful story that grabs you at the beginning and doesn't let go until the last page.
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All the details of the firehouse, fires, medical emergencies, false alarms, and personal views of a New York smoke eater in the heart of the "Bronx is Burning" years of the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. T. Lull
This is the memoir of Dennis Smith, who in the 1960s was a FDNY firefighter on Engine Co. 82, one of the busiest fire dept companies in the entire nation. Read morePublished 1 month ago by EpicFehlReader
Dennis Smith is a great story teller and Report From Engine Company 82 is one of his greatest works. Read morePublished 1 month ago by herman
a great read! If you are thinking you are having a bad day it's always good to be reminded you have no idea what a bad day is.Published 2 months ago by William
My father-in-law was a Hoboken Firefighter, who retired as a Captain, and he lived through much of the exact same life Dennis Smith did. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kiwiwriter
Not a hard read, but one that lacks motivation. You learn to live the characters and it connects you to the setting, however, the reader is left without a hook. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer