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The Men and Women Who Risk Their Lives to Save Ours

Firefighters by Gary McKay
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Firefighters takes an unflinching look at what it means to do the highly dangerous job of saving lives from fire. It is drawn from interviews with over 50 firefighters - from the new recruit on the station house floor to the area director managing thousands of hectares of regional Queensland. Together, the firies recount their personal experiences, including the rigorous recruit training and selection program, the demanding rescue of motor accident victims, and the extinguishing of house and building fires - caused by arsonists, gas explosions or simply the careless dropping of a cigarette.

Often dealing with the traumatic losses of lives, homes and worldly possessions, these men and women face peril on a daily basis. This book tells of the professionalism, courage and dedication of the firefighters who place their lives on the line every time the alarm bell rings.

Gary McKay is a professional writer and his books include the bestselling Tracy and In Good Company. At the age of 20, Gary confronted his first bush fire as a recently-drafted Australian Army solider. He then spent the next 30 years in the Army and served as a platoon commander in South Vietnam, where he was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry. To research this book, Gary attended a twelve-week firefighting training course and then went on shift with the firies from Brisbane to Cairns and watched first-hand as the firefighters tackled house and car fires and extricated motor vehicle accident victims from wrecked cars. He interviewed over 50 firies for their accounts of the highs and lows of this demanding and dangerous job.

Allen & Unwin; February 2002
217 pages; ISBN 9781741153842
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Title: Firefighters
Author: Gary McKay