Forest Firefighter

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Most people wouldn't dream of going anywhere near a forest fire, but for a small group of very courageous men and women, fighting forest fires is their job. Instead of running from the extreme heat and smoke of large forest fires, these trained professionals are prepared to walk right into them - or even parachute into them, in some cases!
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Overview

Most people wouldn't dream of going anywhere near a forest fire, but for a small group of very courageous men and women, fighting forest fires is their job. Instead of running from the extreme heat and smoke of large forest fires, these trained professionals are prepared to walk right into them - or even parachute into them, in some cases!
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Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Being a firefighter is one of the hardest and most dangerous jobs in the world; being a forest firefighter is even more dangerous and requires special skills beyond a keen understanding of how to fight fires. There are several different types of forest firefighters: watchers, stationed in fire towers in forests who watch for fires and report locations of fires to firefighters; hot shots, who work on the front line, clearing debris and creating firebreaks to prevent the spread of fires; flyers, who fly planes and helicopters and drop water and chemical retardants on fires; and smoke jumpers, who jump from planes into hotspots and become hot shots. Each position requires knowledge of the forest, how fires form and expand, and how fires affect the environment around them. The job is physically demanding and rigorous tests and training are conducted regularly. The author does not mince words but briefly describes the dangers encountered and cautions against the physical demands of the job. Full color illustrations of firefighters, their gear, and some rather spectacular forest fighters fill each page. The text is part of the "Cool Careers: Adventure Careers" series. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
School Library Journal

Gr 3-5- These series entries explain in simple terms the duties and dangers of each line of work, as well as the personal qualifications and training required to take it up. The first title covers criminal investigations both on the scene and in the lab, with side notes on the (in)accuracy of the popular CSI TV shows, useful chemicals, and crime-scene types, from minor burglary to major bombings. The second book supplies information about fire watchers, "sawyers," "swampers," smokejumpers, and pilots. Both titles include simplified lists of specialized gear, full-color photos of workers in action, and multimedia resource lists. Both titles are routine assignment fare-good where needed for curriculum support but unlikely to kindle or feed an early interest in their respective occupations.-John Peters, New York Public Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836888829
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Series: Cool Careers: Adventure Careers Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Table of Contents

Summers of Danger     4
The Watchers     8
The Hot Shots     12
The Flyers     18
The Smoke Jumpers     24
Glossary     30
To Find Out More     31
Index     32
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