Catching Fire: The Story of Firefighting [NOOK Book]


An entertaining and informative look at firefighting, from the equipment to the techniques, both in history and today. Enhanced with black and white photos, anecdotes from firefighters, and fire prevention and safety tips.

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Catching Fire: The Story of Firefighting

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An entertaining and informative look at firefighting, from the equipment to the techniques, both in history and today. Enhanced with black and white photos, anecdotes from firefighters, and fire prevention and safety tips.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dianne Ochiltree
Are all fire trucks red? Why do fire stations have brass poles connecting the floors? And what does the word hazmat mean? Here's a fascinating reference book that's fun to read. Gorrell traces the evolution of firefighting technology from the earliest times to today's advanced training and technology. Also included are facts about the special risk and problems of fires in such places as ships, planes, forests and oil fields; the many other life-saving duties firefighters perform in addition to putting out fires; and fire safety/first aid tips important for everyone to know. A difficult, wide-ranging topic has been made understandable and entertaining. Each chapter is amply illustrated with black-and-white photos and line art, showing firefighters in action.
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10A thorough introduction to the topic, from the bucket brigades of olden times to the state-of-the-art equipment used today. The author has included a wealth of related information that will be of interest to general readers as well as to students doing research. She presents the science behind how a fire burns, provides short descriptions of important blazes in history, discusses how equipment has changed, and explains the tactics used by modern firefighters to control and extinguish flames. She also covers wildfires; arson; fires on ships, airplanes, and subways; fire safety; and the varied skills and roles of current-day firefighters, including cleaning up spills and search and rescue. These chapters add significantly to the breadth and depth of the book. Numerous black-and-white illustrations, ranging from reproductions depicting equipment and blazes from the past to action photos of contemporary firefighters at work, appear throughout. Lively and informative, this is an excellent addition to nonfiction collections.William C. Schadt, Glacier Park Middle School, Maple Valley, WA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher
“Lively and informative, this is an excellent addition to nonfiction collections.”
School Library Journal

“[T]he trove of useful data on current firefighting techniques and gadgetry…will be happily plundered by young report writers and would-be firefighters.”
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Cathching Fire is likely to become a well-thumbed volume to which the reader returns repeatedly. It is superbly organized…Thoroughly and meticulously researched, the book provides a compendium of information about fire itself and the role of firefighters.”
Canadian Children’s Literature

Catching Fire covers a lot of ground, from ancient fire worship to how modern technology can be used to catch arsonists. The 10 chapters clearly explain what fire is, how it works and how it can be defeated once it gets out of control.”
Quill & Quire

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770490321
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Age range: 10 years
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Gena K. Gorrell is an editor and author living in Toronto. Her works of non-fiction include North Star to Freedom: The Story of the Underground Railroad. She is a member of the auxiliary police and an expert diver.

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