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The first comprehensive account of fire and rescue boats in America, this profusely illustrated book sheds light on a heroic tradition dating to the nineteenth century. From coast to coast and in cities large and small, it documents everything from battleship-size fireboats so powerful their monitors could reduce concrete structures to rubble, to small water-jet-powered fireboats, and everything in between. Included are operational details that showcase the proud traditions of marine firefighting. The author traces the evolution of mammoth wood and iron fireboats to modern, high-tech aluminum vessels whose role is dictated by ever-changing dangers and technology. This book pays tribute to marine firefighters who served with purpose and pride, and who continue to answer the call of danger.
Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 570 color and b/w images | 256 pp
ISBN13: 9780764352713 | Binding: hard cover
Retired firefighter and historian Wayne Mutza has published more than two dozen books and numerous articles, and has served as a literary and documentray film consultant.