Firemen Games

Firemen Games

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In the dangerous business of firefighting, a keen sense of humor seems a prerequisite for the wellbeing of firemen who face the stress of the job. In any firehouse, in the lull between emergency calls, firemen games are played. They games not only alleviate stress, they sharpen the wits of those engaged in sly one-upmanship. There are also the very serious "games" played in life-or-death situation of firefighting and rescue. In these, the fire itself may be the Arch Trickster, and firemen must use their wits to outguess, outplay, and defeat a deadly adversary. Split-second decisions are often needed to prevent loss of life and property. This novel tells the story of fireman Jack "Curly" Allen of the Los Angeles City Fire Department and abounds in games of all kinds. There are those played in the firehouse, in which a good laugh is had by all, and those played on the front line, in which winning depends on quick thinking and decisive action. The story captures the feelings shared by all firemen in their hazardous jobs. It is also the story of a career--from rookie to Assistant Fire Chief, with many moves along the way--that provides valuable reading for young firemen facing career choices. While learning from Curly, they'll enjoy more than a few laughs, and discover some games played by the old pros.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 331 pages
  • 138 x 214 x 24mm | 408.23g
  • Vantage Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 0533164591
  • 9780533164592

About Jack Bennett

Following active duty with the U.S. Marines during the Korean War, Jack A. Bennett settled in the Los Angeles area. He joined the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1955, and during the next thirty-one years rose steadily through the ranks, at each step honing his skills in fire-fighting techniques and his capacity for leadership. He left the LAFD in 1986, having risen to the rank of Assistant Fire Chief. He was Fire Chief for the Menlo Park (California) Fire Protection District from 1986 until his retirement in 1992. He has been a consultant for the Oakland, Fremont, Hayward, and Tulare Fire Departments. Although "Firemen Games" is Bennett's only published book, he has contributed many articles to fire-service journals--"Fire Engineering, NFPA, American Fire Journal-"--and has lectured extensively on firefighting, fire prevention, emergency operations, and firefighter safety.
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