Firefighters: Their Lives in Their Own Words
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Firefighters: Their Lives in Their Own Words

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An unforgettable journey through the daily lives of the brave men and women who have made saving lives their profession.
Dennis Smith, author of Report from Engine Co. 82, traveled across the country talking to dozens of America’s firefighters to put together this powerful collection of their own descriptions of their most dramatic and intense experiences on the job. Their...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 12th 2002 by Broadway Books (first published 1988)
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Dennis Smith’s novel, Firefighters: Their Life in Their Own Words, is a very interesting novel. It can easily be interpreted from the title that the book is going to be about firefighters and how they feel about their career choices. Smith goes all across the country to gather in depth stories from those who are on the front lines of a never ending battle with fire.

This is not the first firefighting book that I have read and I guarantee that it will not be the last. Compared to other books I ha...more
Bailey Cisek
Ms. Brooks & Mrs. Sims
Academic English 10
7 January 2013

Firefighters: Their Lives in Their Own Words is a nonfiction book in which the author, Dennis Smith, took stories from Firefighters all over the country. In this book, Smith asks the firefighters he chose to tell stories about certain subjects, which he uses to name each chapter. The six chapters include "I Always Wanted to Be a Fireman", where firefighters tell the story of how they first got involved with the fire safety an...more
Aidan Mace
Dennis Smith delivers another hart throbbing book about firefighting.this book is unique because it is a collection of stories and quotes from firemen around the country. even some as local as Hartford . I can relate to many of the home life and fire house stories because my father is a professorial firefighter in east Hartford and i am a Glastonbury fire cadet hopefully to become a full time firefighter down the road. many of the stories in this book made me laugh and shiver.some stories made m...more
Jay Bostwick
The anthropologist in me loved that this 1) was a collection of firefighter narratives rather than just capturing a single person's experience and perspective, and 2) that it told these stories in the informants' own words. These qualities are what, I think, gives this particular book an edge over attempts to capture the lives and culture of firefighters.

I would have liked the different passages to be more clearly cited; that is, I would have liked them to be better identified with the informant...more
Enjoyable read. A mixture of different Firefighters telling their story from prior academy, to actual on the job.
Robyn Tominaga
I was extremely disappointed in this book. Many of the stories rambled and didn't make much sense. I've heard better stories hanging out with friends who work for the fire department.
Paul Chandler
A real book about real firefighter from all over America! I have read this several time. The stories that are told in this book never get old.
Mandy Huot
This book was well written, with many firefighters submitting their own stories to certian topics. I enjoyed this book very much!
Great stories...pretty wrenching...especially when you can relate to what they go through.
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Dennis Smith is a former firefighter, a writer and president of a company offering financial services to emergency services personnel. He is an advocate for firefighters in the United States. He served for 18 years (1963-1981) as a firefighter with the New York City Fire Dep...more
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