Firefighters: The Men and Women Who Risk Their Lives to Save Ours
At 12.32 a.m. on Friday 23 June 2000, the Childers auxiliary brigade received a 000 call saying that the Palace Backpacker Hostel at 72 Churchill Street was on fire . . . The first truck pulled up in front of the hostel five minutes after the fire call was sent. It was a dramatic scene. Occupants were streaming out of the burning building, and the Childers crew were facing a big fire with limited resources.
Firefighters takes an unflinching look at what it means to do the highly dangerous job of saving lives from fire. It is drawn from interviews with over 50 firefighters-from the new recruit on the station house floor to the area director managing thousands of hectares of regional Queensland. Together, the firies recount their personal experiences, including the rigorous recruit training and selection program, the demanding rescue of motor accident victims, and the extinguishing of house and building fires-caused by arsonists, gas explosions or simply the careless dropping of a cigarette.
Often dealing with the traumatic losses of lives, homes and worldly possessions, these men and women face peril on a daily basis. This book tells of the professionalism, courage and dedication of the firefighters who place their lives on the line every time the alarm bell rings.
CHRISTMAS 2001 BUSHFIRE APPEAL FUND
Allen + Unwin will donate $1 to the Christmas 2001 Bushfire Appeal Fund for every copy of Firefighters sold.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
CHAPTER 2 RECRUIT TRAINING
CHAPTER 3 ON THE JOB
CHAPTER 4 THE AUXILIARIES
CHAPTER 5 THE RURAL FIRE SERVICE
CHAPTER 6 FIREFIGHTING
CHAPTER 7 RESCUE
CHAPTER 8 A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN URBAN FIREFIGHTER
CHAPTER 11 OOPS
CHAPTER 12 COURAGE UNDER FIRE
APPENDIX 1 THE ENEMY
APPENDIX 2 QFRS REGIONS
NOTES AND SOURCES
CHAPTER 9 THE REGIONALS
CHAPTER 10 CHILDERS
Other editions - View all
Area Director automatic alarm auxiliary firefighter BA set backdraught Barry Salway BLEVE bloke Brian Brisbane building Bundaberg burning bushfire Cairns Cairns Post Caloundra Charters Towers Childers combustion Coolum Dave debriefing door driver equipment extinguish Fire Brigade fire crew fire ground Fire Service Firecom firies flames flashover fuel gases grassfire heat helmet hose hostel house fire ignition incident instructors Interview John Watson kids Killarney kilometres look metres minutes MVAs Nambour Neil Smith night Noosa number three oxygen pager Peter Beauchamp Peter Lalor Photo Probationary Firefighter pump pumper QFRS Queensland Queensland Fire recalls recruit course Region rescue road accident Rockhampton Roma Street Roma Street station Rural Fire Russell Mayne Sarina says Senior Firefighter shift smoke South Townsville station officer structural fires tanker temperature there’s Toowoomba town Trevor Kidd turnout vapour vehicle Vince Hinder Yuleba