Fighting Fire: Trucks, Tools and Tactics

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Nothing stirs the blood like the flashing lights and blaring siren of a fire truck racing to fight a blaze.  The action photography in this book captures that excitement in all of its forms.  In powerful, on-the-scene pictures and text, author/photographer Shapiro explores the special techniques and equipment brought to bear on fires in cities and suburbs, rural outposts and wilderness, in homes and industrial structures.  He also takes a close look at hair-raising rescues and other “non-firefighting” tasks that firefighters find themselves facing.  From bold photography and detailed descriptions of fire fighting to close-up looks at the fire house and its full array of equipment--trucks, ladders, pumpers, and tankers--this book conveys both the technical nitty-gritty and the fiery action of meeting and containing one of nature’s most brutal forces.

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When a call comes into a local emergency center, it can lead fire and rescue crews to many calamities. Maybe a tragic house fire. Perhaps a raging forest fire in a state park. Or an urban tenement fire in the heart of a big city. Industrial blazes involving hazardous chemicals in a nearby factory. A search and rescue operation. Firefighters bring a number of skills, tools, and equipment to the scene of an emergency, and in the heat of the moment they know exactly what's needed in any situation.

Larry Shapiro's Fighting Fire: Trucks, Tools and Tactics, offers in insider's look at how firefighters approach different types of emergencies, including urban fires, suburban fires, rural fires, wildland fires, industrial fires, specialized search and rescues, and emergency medical services. Shapiro discusses the tools and equipment used in each case, from high-tech vehicles and massive trucks, to special vehicles like aerials, hoses, pumpers, and more. Along with the equipment, he reviews the training, strategies, and organizational structure of a typical fire department.

With action-packed color photography and a knowledgeable text, Fighting Fire is an incredible read for anyone interested in the dangerous world of firefighting.

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Larry Shapiro’s Fighting Fire: Trucks, Tools, and Tactics takes the reader inside the day-to-day life of a firefighter. Whether the call leads to a refinery explosion, an apartment fire in the heart of the city, a house fire, a forest fire, a search and rescue, or one of thousands of possible emergencies fire departments everywhere are ready to respond.

Shapiro explains in detail the wide variety of equipment, tools, vehicles, and special tactics involved in the many tasks firefighters are called upon to handle.

With hundreds of brilliant color photos filled with exciting firefighting operations, the specific tools and equipment involved, and the raging blazes themselves, Fighting Fire is the perfect book for anyone who admires and enjoys reading about this courageous occupation.

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