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America's first responders answer the call nearly two million times each year as the nation's first line of defense in any emergency. Firefighters captures the spirit of the firefighting community in a riveting collection of 500 contemporary and vintage photographs. Written by experts, historians, fire chiefs, and officers, the book features first-hand accounts of courage in the face of danger; essays on urban and wildland firefighting; a look at training, trucks, and apparatus; and an overview of the history of ...
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Overview

America's first responders answer the call nearly two million times each year as the nation's first line of defense in any emergency. Firefighters captures the spirit of the firefighting community in a riveting collection of 500 contemporary and vintage photographs. Written by experts, historians, fire chiefs, and officers, the book features first-hand accounts of courage in the face of danger; essays on urban and wildland firefighting; a look at training, trucks, and apparatus; and an overview of the history of U.S. fire departments, beginning with Ben Franklin’s Union Fire Company in Philadelphia in 1736. Also included is information on volunteering, search and rescue, emergency medical services, and response to terrorism. Firefighters enables the history of America's bravest profession to be cherished permanently in a handsome package that all firefighters will be proud to own and display. This book will be read again and again by past and present firefighters, their families and friends, and by everyone interested in stories of bravery. It is being published in this magnificent collector's edition in conjunction with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
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"Origins of Firefighting in the United States," "Becoming a Firefighter," "Tools of the Trade," "Fire Apparatus," "Firefighters in the Popular Imagination," "Volunteer Firefighters," "Metropolitan City and County Fire Departments," "America's Federal & Military Firefighters," and "Wildland Firefighting in the American West." That sampling of chapter titles gives you some sense of the breadth of this collection of essays on the practice and practitioners of this brave profession, but only perusing (and hefting!) this giant coffee-table book will give you a sense of its full worth. Its 500 contemporary and archival illustrations, for example, infuse its history of U.S. firefighting with a sense of the challenges these brave men and women faced fighting conflagrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780883636190
  • Publisher: Universe Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/14/2009
  • Pages: 365
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 13.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

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  • Posted January 7, 2010

    Christmas Gift

    My son is a volunteer fire-fighter and we bought this for him for Christmas. He loved it. He sat right down and started going through it before he even finished opening the rest of his gifts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2004

    Very Good!

    This book is chock full of fireman, firetruck, fire house and fire fighting history. I am not a fireman, but reccomend this reading for anyone interested in the fire fighting field. I have family members that have been in the firefighting business for years and did not know 1/4 of the information dished out in this book. I am glad I read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2004

    A compelling read today, a treasure for tomorrow!

    My husband was a volunteer firefighter for many, many years. He was overjoyed when our sons gave him this book for Father's Day. Beyond the factual information and history, this book captures the heart of this brave profession. You will get an insiders look at the firefighter's world and gain a new appreciation for what these dedicated men and women lay on the line every time they answer the alarm. I know this book will become a family treasure!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2003

    The BEST book on the history of firefighting up to the New millenium i have read!

    I was a firefighter for many years and have read many 'Bargain Books' on firefighting. This book put out by the authors and the National Fire Academy is supberb reading, not to mention just to sit down in front of your fireplace on a winters eve with a good cup of coffee with your children to let them see up front what these American Heroe's go through every day and the stressors they have on the job. Not to mention if they have some one in their family whose job it is to protect life first and then property on a daily basis. Also shows that firefighters have a family away from home as well as their on loved ones they leave at home and hope to make it back for another day with their loved one's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2003

    Gene Shalit's review on The Today Show 12/22

    For everyone who has ever heard the siren's song of being a fireman, Firefighters from Hugh Lauter Levin, is a cavalcade of every facet, faucet, fact and artifact of firefighting; from the horse-drawn to the horse-power; the total picture of a valiant profession.

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    Posted December 27, 2009

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