The San Francisco Fire Department Almanac is a compendium of facts and figures relating to the work of the City's firefighters. It also provides a description of the neighborhoods where each firehouse is located so that an individual can appreciate the different skills required of firefighters in a given area. Each firehouse is described inside and out so one can understand the living and working conditions found in the stations.From a historical perspective, The Firehouses Of San Francisco is an accurate record of the SFFD before the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that affected the entire Bay Area, including much of San Francisco. Shortly thereafter, the City remodelled, rebuilt, demolished, and changed locations of many of the stations. All of the photos were taken by the author on the same day, the third day of a late summer heat wave. Notice all the open windows across the City!
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Author Raymond E. Dito, is a retired San Francisco Fire Department Captain with 29 years of service. He was also a highly decorated Marine platoon commander in Vietnam where he experienced some of the fiercest fighting of the 68 TET offensive. During one of the prolonged skirmishes, lasting over three days, Lieutenant Dito's platoon was the lead fighting element. Seventy percent of the platoon were either wounded or killed. Lieutenant Dito sustained several wounds but after a two week stint in the hospital returned to his men.
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