100 Years of American Lafrance: An Illustrated History
A practical manual written with the home restorer in mind. Well illustrated and with clear instructions, this manual guides the amateur through dismantling, cleaning, repair, and rebuilding.
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Aerial Fire Trucks
This book is an illustrated, historical look at aerialsfire trucks that elevate water and firefighters via hydraulic platforms and ladders at a fire scene. Inside is a comprehensive look at all manufacturers of aerials, including American LaFrance, Pierce, Emergency One, LTI, Grumman, FMC, Seagrave, Mack, Pirsch, Snorkel, Hahn, Maxim, KME, Sutphen, Smeal, Aerial Innovations, Baker, Grove, Hi-Ranger, Cavalar, and Simon. Chapters focus on the different types of aerials, including rear-mounts, mid-mounts, tractor-drawn (tillers), towers, articulating booms, and others. Text and captions give the reader a brief overview of early aerials, then concentrates on the trucks in use today.
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Ahrens-Fox Fire Apparatus Photo Archive
Of all the companies that built motor fire apparatus in America in the 20th century, none has acquired the cult-like devotion accorded the truly distinctive products of the Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Company of Cincinnati, Ohio. With its front-mounted pump surmounted by a gleaming spherical air chamber, the Ahrens-Fox piston pumper projects irresistible aesthetic and mechanical appeal. Fire apparatus aficionados and collectors have all but elevated the classic Ahrens-Fox piston pumper to a firefighting deity. In this special collection, well-known fire apparatus historian Walt McCall has carefully selected the best of the best - including a gallery of 30 classic Ahrens-Fox fire engines in glorious color.
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Ambulance: A History
Over several centuries the ambulance has evolved from horse-drawn wagons designed to remove wounded soldiers from the battlefield into high-speed emergency rooms on wheels, staffed by skilled professionals. This thorough history follows the ambulance through every phase, focusing not just on the vehicles but on their role within the developing medical systems they served, as well as the political, social and economic influences that have shaped their advancement. Topics include the critical role of police ambulances in the development of the first emergency medical services, the history of the ambulance intern, breakthroughs in ambulance design and function from the horse-drawn days to the present, notable women in ambulance development, and a fresh look at the first organized paramedic services. More than 275 photographs and other illustrations accompany the text.
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American Ambulance: 1900-2002
Walt McCall follows up his successful Classic American Ambulances 1900-1979 Photo Archive with a new and expanded title that fills in a heretofore missing chapter in American emergency vehicle history. This book chronicles in words and photos the evolution of the emergency ambulance in America over the past 100 years. From the slow jouncing horse-drawn vehicles in use at the turn of the last century to the fleet electronics-laden advanced life support units on the streets and highways of today - you'll find it all here. A fascinating story that is long overdue. The book is divided into chapters illustrating ambulances by decade. Each chapter begins with 2 to 4 pages of text describing major innovations and improvements introduced during the decade.
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American LaFrance 400 Series: Photo Archive
In 1934, at the depths of the Great Depression, the American-LaFrance-Foamite Corporation of Elmira, New York, designed and placed into production an uncommonly handsome new big-city fire engine. Powered by the company's industry-leading V-12 engine, the 400 Series Metropolitan had its high-capacity pump mounted in the truck's cowl ahead of the driver instead of in the usual midship location under the driver's seat. With its long, gracefully tapered hood, skirted fenders, classically-proportioned gabled radiator and oversized wheels, the big 400 was a triumph of industrial design - an eye-pleasing blend of form and function, and the industry's first truly styled fire engine. This authoritative, thoroughly-researched and richly illustrated book documents the big 400's relatively short, but spectacular, production life. This long-overdue, eagerly anticipated compendium is the only book ever published devoted exclusively to this revered American firefighting classic.
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American LaFrance 500/600 Series Photo Archive
The 1930s was the decade of style - an era of streamlining and bold, futuristic art deco design that influenced the look of everything from jewelry, furniture and skyscrapers to locomotives, ships and automobiles. Fire engines were no exception, and American LaFrance's ultra-streamlined 500 Series fire apparatus with its dramatically clean styling suddenly made everything else look old-fashioned. This authoritative, superbly researched and lavishly illustrated book documents the American-LaFrance 500 and 600 Series' remarkable nine-year production run from the late 1930s through post WWII. In addition to the big 500/600 Series, the book also covers the lesser known "junior edition" B-500 and B-600 Series. Long overdue, this exciting compendium is the only book ever devoted exclusively to this controversial series and completes another fascinating chapter in American-LaFrance history.
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American LaFrance 700 & 800 Series 1953-1958 Photo Archive
From the late 1940s through the 1950s, American LaFrance was by far the most popular fire truck manufacturer in the U.S. This collection chronicles the most intricate changes the manufacturer made to its revolutionary 700 Series in developing the short-lived 800 Series. Archival photographs are suplemented with articles from Americans LaFrance's corporate magazine and sales literature, as well as features that appeared in Popular Mechanics.
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American LaFrance 700 Series 1945-1952 Photo Archive
From the late 1940s through the 1950s, American LaFrance was by far the most popular fire truck manufacturer in the U.S. One reason for their success was the 700 Series, a revolutionary departure from previous fire trucks in that it introduced the now-standard cab-over-engine design. This photo archive features a collection of period photographs that trace the evolution of the 700 Series. Each photograph is accompanied by a detailed caption describing the truck shown.
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American LaFrance 900 Series 1958-1964 Photo Archive
A close-up look at a popular American classic continues the fascinating story of American LaFrance with the conception and production of the 900 Series fire apparatus. Exquisite photographs are accompanied with informative captions and take readers through the life of the 900 Series. Historical articles and LaFrance sales brochures give a glimpse of the culture and marketing efforts of the time. Fire apparatus enthusiasts will love the clear photographs, multiple views and detailed descriptions.
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Big City Fire Trucks: 1900-1950 (Volume 1)
Call out the monster trucks, exotic equipment and unique apparatus of professional departments. Donald F. Wood and Wayne Sorensen include year of manufacture, make of truck chassis, commercial outfitter and equipment for each listing.
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Big City Fire Trucks: 1951-1996 (Volume 2)
Sound the alarm because America's fire fighting machines are coming through! Volume II of Big City Fire Trucks presents hundreds of trucks and their specialized equipment in 500 original black and white and full-color photos. Identifying captions include year of manufacture, chassis make, commercial outfitter, and accessories for easy identification of these firefighting pioneers.
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Classic American Ambulances & Funeral Vehicles: 1900-1980 Photo Archives
Two books for the price of one! Covering the early and classic time period of ambulances and funeral vehicles, two out-of-print yet in demand Iconografix books have now been combined into one book and restored for your enjoyment. Classic American Ambulances 1900-1979 Photo Archive is a photographic history of the evolution and sudden demise of the passenger car-based emergency ambulance while Classic American Funeral Vehicles 1900-1980 Photo Archive shows hearses, flower cars and funeral service cars. Anyone involved in the funeral or ambulance industry will enjoy seeing these classic luxury cars, as will any car enthusiast, restorer, modeler, and historian.
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Classic Seagrave: 1935-1951 Photo Archive
Fire apparatus aficionados Walt McCall and Matt Lee, have assembled these beautiful photographs to illustrate the wide range of body designs used on the classic Seagrave chassis. See all kinds of Classic Seagraves, ranging from wide-open doorless cab models with sporty one-piece fold-down windshields, to radically streamlined completely enclosed Safety Sedan bodies. This design was utilized for virtually every type of fire apparatus - pumping engines, aerial ladder trucks of both the straight frame and articulated tractor trailer type, city service ladder trucks, quadruple and quintuple combinations, and special units like rescue squad trucks and hose trucks. The classic Seagrave is timeless. Its distinctive waterfall grille is widely regarded as a high mark in the 20th Century American fire engine builder's unique art. If you're a fire apparatus enthusiast, you'll want to add this book to your collection.
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Crown Coach Corp.: School Buses, Fire Trucks and Custom Coaches
Donald Martin Brockway founded the Crown Carriage Company in 1904, the same year that Henry Ford started Ford. With no engineering department at this time, Brockway would draw the outlines of the vehicles in the dirt on the production floor as they were conceived. This informative story of Crown's various endeavors from 1900s horse-drawn wagons through early 1990s alternative fueled buses is chronicled here and highlighted with vintage photographs and factory memorabilia including advertising items, coach emblems, and production statistics. Not left out are custom built coaches like Lockheed's mobile missile tacking station, Art Linkletter mobile video coaches, and the first air conditioned tour coach in Hawaii. The company built one of the largest fleets of fire trucks in the nation for the Los Angeles City and County fire departments and other agencies, and sent high quality custom built vehicles as far away as places like Juneau, Alaska, South America and the Middle East.
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Crown Firecoach: 1951-1985 Photo Archive
Follow the history of Crown Firecoach from its beginnings in 1951 until the company ceased building fire trucks in 1983. One of the pioneers of cab forward rigs, Crown's fire apparatus had a very distinctive appearance that collectors and restorers appreciate today. Large format photographs show a representative cross section of the full line of Crown, including pumpers, rear mount and tractor drawn aerials, snorkels, brush rigs and tractor transports. While Crown rigs were sold primarily in Southern California, with LA city being the company's largest customer, Fire Enthusiasts everywhere will want to own this important piece of fire apparatus history.
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Elevating Platforms: A Fire Apparatus Photo Gallery
Cherry-pickers were a good way for firemen to get to places that traditional aerial ladders weren't able to reach. This led to the revolutionary elevating platform, or "Snorkel", as they were referred to by many firemen. They have served many departments large and small across North America over the last 45 years. At the height of their popularity they were seen on the front covers of newspapers across the country bringing major fires under control and rescuing people. Elevating platforms, with their articulating booms and large area platforms, offer firemen the flexibility to be positioned in places that would otherwise be impossible to reach. They can deliver a 1000 gallons of water per minute through a master stream to the seat of the fire or quickly rescue victims from upper floors. A concise history of each company that built elevated platorms is provided along with a photographic timeline of the various rigs they were built on. This book features such companies as the Pitman Snorkel, American Lafrance Aero-Chief, Hi-Ranger, Calavar, and Bronto Skylifts. It also covers a few remaining companies that each built only a small number of elevating platforms. This book documents their beginnings in 1958 up to the impressive articulating platforms of today.
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Fire Trucks of the 1950s
American motor fire apparatus design reached its high-water mark in the 1950s. Every one of the nation's major fire apparatus manufacturers boasted uniquely individual custom fire truck designs. Unlike the look-alike cookie-cutter shoeboxes of today, back then a fire fighter could instantly identify these makes a block away. From conventional Fords to the custom rigs of fire apparatus manufacturers, all the most popular, unique, and industry-changing designs and innovations are featured in this long-overdue tribute to the fire trucks of the Fabulous Fifties!
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Fire Trucks of the 1960s and 1970s: An Illustrated History
During the 1960s and 1970s, the fire apparatus industry saw unprecedented revolution, innovation, and parity. The long admired conventional models gave way to the contemporary archetypes that are the genesis of today's fire trucks. Just as disco and the lava lamp became all the societal rage, the fire service saw its own fads and trends. A new generation of aggressive fire apparatus manufacturers led by Pierce and Emergency-One began to overtake their forefathers and the pool of builders producing high quality apparatus in numbers became considerably more populated. This volume highlights the fire trucks of the Swinging Sixties and the Groovy Seventies!
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Firefighters (Enthusiast Color Series)
After the September 11 tragedy, America's interest in firefighters soared. Firefighters covers modern-day firefighters, their equipment, vehicles, clothing, and training as well as the different jobs/duties of firefighters. This book gives a broad overview and is great for the general reader as well as the fire enthusiast.
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Ford Fire Trucks
Fire trucks of all types built on the famous Model T, the long standing F-Series, the venerable C-Series, the honorary Louisville-Line, and other miscellaneous Ford models have prolifically and efficiently served towns small and big alike since the advent of motorization. This chronicle pays homage to the contributions this automotive legend has made to the fire service with a brilliant display of classic rigs and modern machines, with representatives from over 150 fire apparatus manufacturers.
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FWD Fire Trucks 1914-1963 Photo Archive
Long recognized for the production of specialized vehicles for use by highway departments, utility companies, construction firms, and the oil industry, The Four Wheel Drive Auto Company also established an enviable reputation for the manufacture of fire apparatus. Manufacturers of four-wheel-drive vehicles since 1910, FWD built its first fire truck in 1914, continuing production into the 1970s. All of the vehicles produced by FWD relied on the design principles first developed in 1907 and patented in 1908. Combining high quality black and white photos with in-depth captions, this book presents an in-depth history of FWD's fire trucks up to the time FWD acquired Seagrave. Includes many never before published photographs from the FWD/Seagrave Fire Apparatus, LLC Archives.
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Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Fire Engine Manufacturers
Walt McCall's out of print and outdated book, American Fire Apparatus Since 1900 in the Crestline Series, has been referred to as the "Bible" and is the number one reference source recommended by fire apparatus enthusiasts. The old book was arranged by year and required a lot of reading and searching to research individual companies and their fire trucks. Well, now the new "Bible," is here! From Abbott & Downing to Zwak, this comprehensive volume combines company histories, innovations and hundreds of photographs to present the story of American fire engine manufacturing.
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Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Fire Engine Manufacturers
Walt McCall's out of print and outdated book, American Fire Apparatus Since 1900 in the Crestline Series, has been referred to as the "Bible" and is the number one reference source recommended by fire apparatus enthusiasts. The old book was arranged by year and required a lot of reading and searching to research individual companies and their fire trucks. Well, now the new "Bible," is here! From Abbott & Downing to Zwak, this comprehensive volume combines company histories, innovations and hundreds of photographs to present the story of American fire engine manufacturing.
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Maxim Fire Apparatus Photo History
The complete history of the Maxim Motor Company, from its humble beginnings as a family owned business, through its heyday and subsequent decline. Maxim produced highly regarded fire apparatus and very early on established the Maxim ladder as one of the best available. WWII era trucks, motorcycle-pumpers, unfinished trucks, one-of-a-kinds, and many other previously unpublished photos are documented in detail by the author. Every Maxim fire apparatus buff will enjoy this book.
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Maxim Fire Apparatus: 1914-1989 Photo Archive
Follow the development of Maxim Motor Company's fire apparatus from the company's beginning in 1914, through numerous ownership changes and financial crises, up to its final days in the late 1980s. Although many of the company records were lost or destroyed, through meticulous research the author has filled in the details of the rigs shown. Carefully selected photographs create a magnificent photographic history of Maxim's fire apparatus that will appeal to all fire apparatus enthusiasts. Beginning with the first three Maxim apparatus built in 1914, included photos show commercial chassis and conventional chassis, pumpers, aerials, brush trucks, rescues and tankers. Also included are some of the unusual and one-of-a-kind rigs.
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Miller-Meteor: The Complete Illustrated History
Miller-Meteor is really the story of three companies - the A.J. Miller Company, the Meteor Motor Car Company, and Wayne Works. The only definitive book ever published on Miller-Meteor and its illustrious corporate predecessors, this tome is a multi-faceted history of three fiercely independent, yet interwoven, companies, the unique segment of the motor industry in which they were involved, their charismatic leaders and, most of all, their unique products. This volume showcases hundreds of never-before published original factory photographs.
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Miniature Emergency Vehicles
Fire boats and trucks, police cars, airport rescue vans, helicopters, and specialized equipment for emergency care are shown here in brightly coloured miniature toys of amazing variety. Each vehicle is shown in colour photos and identified by maker, date, size, and purpose. You can learn a lot by studying this equipment, even in miniature. Collect them all.
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Modern Fire Trucks: An Illustrated History
The roles of today's fire service have expanded to include Emergency Medical Services, Hazardous Materials, Urban Search & Rescue, and Wildland. These modern disciplines required a new breed of specialty apparatus and even the classic fire truck has transformed into multi-purpose rescue-pumpers, pumper-tankers, and an array of aerial trucks. An industry long dominated by legendary names is led by a new generation that includes Pierce, KME, E-One, Rosenbauer, Ferrara, and many others. This volume highlights fire trucks from 1980 to present, the culmination of the 20th Century into a new Millennium.
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Navy & Marine Corps Fire Apparatus: 1836-2000 Photo Gallery
This exciting look at U.S. Navy and Marine Corps fire apparatus illustrates and explains the firefighting equipment used at shore installations worldwide from the turn of the century to present. Rare and fascinating photographs depict everything from horse-drawn vehicles and early-motorized fire trucks to structural pumpers, aerial ladders, water tankers, brush trucks, gas turbine powered pumps, remote controlled robots, and more. All major U.S. and overseas manufacturers are represented, including: American LaFrance, Darley, Fire Trucks Incorporated, FWD, General, Global, KME, Mack, Maxim, Peter Pirsch, Pierce, Seagrave, Ward LaFrance, and more.
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New York City Fire Trucks
Take a ride with the New York Fire Department through a pictorial history, from the first horse-drawn pumpers to the newest ladder trucks. Over 400 photographs of NYC's firefighting trucks are organised chronologically, accompanied by insightful commentary about the trucks, equipment, and the times. Descriptive photo captions provide specifications and other technical information. A special photograph section pays tribute to the equipment used and lost in the World Trade Center disaster of 11 September.
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Oren Fire Apparatus Photo Archive
Oren Fire Apparatus manufacturing developed as an offshoot of The Roanoke Welding and Equipment Company, a Roanoke, Virginia, based family business founded in 1917 which specialized in welding, fabrication, automotive repair and specialty truck body building. From their first fire apparatus built in 1934 to the beautiful and classic "Custom," Oren became a favorite of the fire service. Finally, a book that pays tribute to these magnificently crafted rigs with photographs carefully selected by noted historian Thomas L. Herman.
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Pirsch Fire Apparatus: 1890-1991 Photo Archive
The first book published exclusively on fire trucks produced by the Pirsch Company of Kenosha, WI. Best known for the invention of the world's first all-powered aerial ladder, the Pirsch Company also produced a variety of fire trucks. From hand-drawn ladder wagons in the 1800s to modern day diesel powered pumpers and aerial ladders. The factory produced thousands of trucks for fire departments, military and private fire brigades all over the world. See some of Pirsch's unique apparatus including: a pumper built to travel on railroad tracks; and a huge smoke ejector built on a custom built chassis. Factory photos show the different types of fire equipment and trucks produced on both custom and commercial chassis.
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Police Cars: A Photographic History
Take a complete pictorial history tour of police vehicles through the ages with author Monty McCord -- from the horse drawn paddy wagons to the latest technologically advanced, laser-equipped "Corvette Cops" of the 1990s.
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Police Cars: Restoring, Collecting & Showing America’s Finest Sedans
Police cars are a unique breed, and their restoration can be much more difficult than other marques. Find out how to tackle this project the right way with help from Jim Post, founder of Police Car Owners of America, and Ed Sanow, author of many well-known publications on police cars. Police Cars provides insight into the cars, the emergency equipment, and the police heritage itself. Reveals a complete a ground-up restoration, from choosing the right car to locating all the equipment you will need, to showing the finished project.
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Saulsbury Fire Rescue Apparatus 1956-2003 Photo Archive
Known in the fire apparatus industry for innovation and high quality craftsmanship, saulsbury Fire and Rescue Apparatus is a true American success story. Founded in 1956 as a small, local builder of apparatus, the family owned business began to grow during the 1960s and 1960s as more and more area departments began ordering their new apparatus from the company because of their superior craftsmanship and attention to the customer's requirements. Over its 47+ year history, the company build numerous unusual and interesting trucks, most of which are included in this book. High quality phots and informative captions illustrate Saulsbury's unique and interesting designs.
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Seagrave 70th Anniversary Series Photo Archive
Take an exciting look at one of the most distinct fire engines in American fire apparatus history. High-quality builders' photos document the nineteen-year production life of the Seagrave 70th Anniversary Series. Coverage begins with the delivery of the first 70th Anniversary Series pumpers to Seagrave's hometown fire department in Columbus, Ohio, arid ends with the delivery of the last to New Haven, Connecticut. Photos range from stock-model pumpers and ladder trucks to custom-built one-offs like the huge rescue truck built for Syracuse, New York, a foam truck for oil refinery fires, and 70th Anniversary models built by Seagrave's Canadian subsidiary. Photos of factory-fresh rigs are complemented by shots of fire engines in production and in action.
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Seagrave Fire Apparatus 1959-2004 Photo Archive
A cross section of the custom rigs produced by the "Greatest Name in Fire Apparatus" during this time period-with great model names like: The Eagle, Astro-Tower, Invader, Commander, Marauder, Patriot, Apollo, Meanstick, Force, Flame, Specialist, and more.
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Standing Against Fire: A History of the Fire Service of Canada’s Military Forces and Department of National Defence
Standing Against Fire chronicles the history of the Fire Service that has served within Canada's military for the better part of a century. Today, the Fire Service is a cohesive organization with its members qualified to stringent international standards. However, for years after its tentative beginnings during World War I, the Fire Service led a nomadic existence, first as part of one military branch then another, before settling in as a component of the Military Engineers. Drawing on archival documents, personal memoirs, contemporary accounts, and military records, Standing Against Fire gathers together for the first time a comprehensive account of the Fire Service's legacy and accomplishments. Embarrassments, humorous tales and outstanding achievements by both fire crews and individual firefighters are recounted. Approximately 200 visuals complement the text. Standing Against Fire is a tribute to the men and women who have proudly and honourably served Canada in the Fire Service.
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