On the FirelineLiving and Dying with Wildland Firefighters

On the FirelineLiving and Dying with Wildland Firefighters

Matthew Desmond

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9780226144085

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

This rugged account of a rugged profession explores the heart and soul of the wildland firefighter. Having joined a firecrew in Northern Arizona as a young man, the author relates his experiences with intimate knowledge and native ease, balancing emotion with analysis and action with insight. The book shows that these firefighters are not the adrenaline junkies or romantic heroes they are so often portrayed to be, providing an account of how young men are able to face down wildfire, and why they volunteer for such an enterprise in the first place. Along with the risks and sorrow, the author also presents the humor and camaraderie of ordinary men performing extraordinary tasks.