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Firefighting: Better than Working for a Living-bookcover

By: AJ Taylor

Firefighting: Better than Working for a Living

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Tom is a firefighter. He loves going to work. For him, encountering the intense, prickly heat of a building fire is to experience the euphoria of fear. He loves the adrenaline rush when the bells drop and the anticipation of what may lie ahead. But there is more, so much more! The best part of his job is the mischief he finds himself involved in, the antics and the camaraderie.

It’s the early 80s and life was very different; Tom and his ‘brothers’ split their time between the pub and the fire station, although it is not always clear whether they are on duty or at a party. The fire engine, which they call ‘The Machine’, doesn’t always want to play and sometimes they forget to climb aboard. This is a tale of frolics, of trauma, of nurses, and even villainy. It is an exposure. Are Tom and his compadres heroes? Well, that’s for you to decide.

AJ Taylor has a degree in fire safety engineering and a masters in mathematical computer modelling. Having served for thirty years, he retired from the London Fire Brigade in 2010. In addition to fire command, one of his last roles was as a chartered fire engineer where he assessed fire prevention measures in buildings including the London Shard and the O2 Arena. However, he would assure you that his best years were the first fifteen as a firefighter on Lambeth Red Watch.

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