Fighting Fire!

Fighting Fire!

Ten of the Deadliest Fires in American History and How We Fought Them

Book - 2014
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Photographs and text describe ten of the deadliest fires in the history of the United States and discuss the strategies used to fight these fires. Stories include fires in 1760 Boston and 2007 San Diego County.
"From colonial times to the modern day, two things have remained constant in American history: the destructive power of fires and the bravery of those who fight them. Fighting Fire! brings to life ten of the deadliest infernos this nation has ever endured: the great fires of Boston, New York, Chicago, Baltimore, and San Francisco, the disasters of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, the General Slocum, and the Cocoanut Grove nightclub, the wildfire of Witch Creek in San Diego County, and the catastrophe of 9/11. Each blaze led to new firefighting techniques and technologies, yet the struggle against fires continues to this day. With historical images and a fast-paced text, this is both an exciting look at firefighting history and a celebration of the human spirit"--Provided by the publisher.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2014
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805097146
Call Number: j363.3709 COOP
Characteristics: 215 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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The earliest fires recounted here were fought with bucket brigades; the last ones with engines that can pump thousands of gallons a minute. Techniques and technology for fighting fires has changed dramatically, but the dedication and bravery of firefighters hasn’t. Illus. with period photos.


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