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On the Fireline – Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters - Chicago Scholarship Online
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On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters

Matthew Desmond


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 al ... More

Keywords: wildland, firefighter, firecrew, Northern Arizona, young men, wildfire, risks, camaraderie, emotion, action

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226144085
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226144078.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Desmond, author

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