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One Foot in the Black

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  12 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Greg Kowalski grows up in Michigan with an emotionally and physically abusive father, a Saginaw city firefighter. Cut off from his family, Greg travels to California to become a seasonal firefighter with CDF. He is tormented by the contradiction of hatred for his father and the need to have his fathers approval and love. Greg moves on to the brutal LACoFD Helitak-Attack tr ...more
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Published January 1st 2008 by
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I’ll be honest; I wasn’t exactly excited to read a book about Firefighting in the California wilderness… I’m not firefighter material, and I’m a strictly East Coast resident… though when I lived in FL it seemed liked I-95 burned from Jax to Orlando every year, and that every year it was the “Worst fire in Florida History.”

Short Summary: At the tender age of 19 our young man, Kowalski travels from Saginaw, Michigan out to Auburn, California to learn to be a firefighter. Kowalski comes from a tro
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R J Mckay
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One Foot In The Black is a term to indicate a position where a firefighter is poised on the edge of a fire while also being just one step away from his escape route to a safety zone. When Greg Kowalski left Michigan for California as a nineteen year old, it was to work as a seasonal firefighter.He was also seeking his safety zone. Coming from an abusive and unloving Father and a Mother who had long since given up, Greg wanted to get as f
I'm only about halfway through this book, so will save the review for when I'm finished it. It's a great book so far though, and the details and descriptions the authors provides about firefighting and the training it takes are amazing.
Wanda Porter
Light in plot, but I enjoyed reading about the life of a firefighter.
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