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Firefighting : behind the scenes
Ruth, Maria Mudd.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1998.
Physical Description:
64 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 x 29 cm
Explains the challenging and dangerous work performed by firefighters, the clothing they wear, and the special gear they use.
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Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.9 2.0 28264.
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TH9148 .M76 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Oversize

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Have you ever awakened to blaring sirens, passed a fire station and paused to look inside, wondered how the trucks, ladders, and hoses work, what happens after a fire is extinguished, or how a person becomes a firefighter? From colonial bucket brigades to the modern technology that allows firefighters to respond to emergencies in seconds, the challenging task of fighting fires is one of the most vital jobs in our communities. This in depth look takes readers behind the fire station doors, beyond the fire line, and into the day-to-day lives of the highly skilled men and women who risk their lives to save people and protect property from the ravages of the nearly 2 million fires that occur in the United States each year. The engaging text and clear color photographs of Firefighting create a detailed and realistic portrayal of this important, dangerous, and rewarding career.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5. A child who is truly interested in becoming a firefighter may find that most of the books on the subject cater to the preschool crowd, emphasizing the mighty fire engines or fire safety rules. This book touches on fire safety by providing a checklist at the back, but it also gives a satisfying, in-depth look at the tools, training, and procedures of modern-day fire fighting. Ruth breaks down fire fighting into different jobs--from the supervisor who sizes up the conditions and makes assignments to the engine crew, the dispatcher, the pump operator, and others--and presents a realistic scenario of a suburban house fire. The crisp color photographs present close-up views of the men and women at work and the equipment they use. Showing smoke rather than flames, they aren't too frightening and avoid glamorizing fire. A fine choice for the career section. --Susan Dove Lempke

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-In 10 short chapters, this clearly illustrated presentation covers the history, qualifications for the job, emergency response, safety issues, the running of a firehouse, and fire prevention and safety. Well-composed, full-color photographs, drawings, and reproductions give the volume a pictorial look that will appeal to young children. The writing, however, is at a higher reading level than the book's appearance might lead readers to assume. Interviews with firefighters, both male and female and of different ethnic backgrounds, enliven the text and give it a sense of immediacy and veracity. Useful for reports on a number of topics including careers, safety, or the history of firefighting, and a solid replacement for standards such as Rona Beame's Ladder Company 108 (Messner, 1973; o.p.).-Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.