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FIRE CREW: Stories from the Fireline by [Walters, Ben]
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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

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  • File Size: 616 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Publication Date: November 6, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006431D8K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,556 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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