Firefighters: The Men and Women Who Risk Their Lives to Save Ours

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Allen & Unwin, 2002 - Social Science - 206 pages
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A behind-the-scenes look at the dangerous world of firefighting. The Queensland Fire & Rescue Authority received over 50,000 emergency calls in 2001. That amounts to a call-out every five minutes - and nearly half of those represented false alarms. Drawn from interviews with over 75 Queensland firefighters - from the new recruit on the station-house floor to the area directors managing thousands of hectares of regional Queensland - Firefighters takes an unflinching look at what it takes to do the highly dangerous job of a firefighter.
 

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Contents

THE FIRIES
1
RECRUIT TRAINING
12
ON THE JOB
37
THE AUXILIARIES
57
THE RURAL FIRE SERVICE
71
FIREFIGHTING
80
RESCUE
98
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN URBAN FIREFIGHTER
117
THE REGIONALS
130
CHILDERS
145
OOPS
155
COURAGE UNDER FIRE
161
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