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The Fire Service: History, Traditions, & Beyond by J.A. Rhodes

The Fire Service: History, Traditions, & Beyond

by J.A. Rhodes

172 pages
The Fire Service: History, Traditions, & Beyond.

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About the Book
It is said that, "A person without knowledge of his history is like a tree without roots." Our past experiences, and traditions guide us. They serve as beacons in the night, illuminating both the dangers, and the proper course towards safety.

This book is for everyone who ever wondered, why are fire engines red? Why does a chief have five 'bugles' and a captain have two? Why are fire hydrants sometimes also called fire plugs? and why do we toll bells and play bagpipes at firefighter funerals?

The author explores the origins behind some of the most popular American Fire Services symbols ? the speaking trumpet, fire helmet, Maltese Cross, and the Star of Life. A timeline listing major fires, and firefighter deaths throughout history is provided, along with the origins of fire engines, hose, hydrants, fire extinguishers and "bunker gear."

Written in short easy to read chapters, this book is a must read for any fire fighter. It is designed to provide an important overview of roots of the fire service -- an overview of its origins, history, and traditions.

 

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About the Author
J.A. Rhodes is currently a firefighter/paramedic with the City of Aurora Fire Department in Illinois. Although he began his career at the age of 18 as a paid on call, his love and fascination for the fire service began at the age of 8. This is his first book.

 

 

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