Following active duty with the U.S. Marines during the Korean War, Jack A. Bennett settled in the Los Angeles area. He joined the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1955, and during the next thirty-one years rose steadily through the ranks, at each step honing his skills in fire-fighting techniques and his capacity for leadership. He left the LAFD in 1986, having risen to the rank of Assistant Fire Chief.
He was Fire Chief for the Menlo Park (California) Fire Protection District from 1986 until his retirement in 1992. He has been a consultant for the Oakland, Fremont, Hayward, and Tulare Fire Departments.
Although Firemen Games is Bennett’s only published book, he has contributed many articles to fire-service journals—Fire Engineering, NFPA, American Fire Journal—and has lectured extensively on firefighting, fire prevention, emergency operations, and firefighter safety.