On the Fireline - Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters (Anglais) Broché – 30 octobre 2007
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Présentation de l'éditeur
In this rugged account of a rugged profession, Matthew Desmond explores the heart and soul of the wildland firefighter. Having joined a firecrew in Northern Arizona as a young man, Desmond relates his experiences with intimate knowledge and native ease, adroitly balancing emotion with analysis and action with insight. On the Fireline shows that these firefighters aren’t the adrenaline junkies or romantic heroes as they’re so often portrayed.
An immersion into a dangerous world, On the Fireline is also a sophisticated analysis of a high-risk profession—and a captivating read.
“Gripping . . . a masterful account of how young men are able to face down wildfire, and why they volunteer for such an enterprise in the first place.”—David Grazian, Sociological Forum
“Along with the risks and sorrow, Desmond also presents the humor and comaraderie of ordinary men performing extraordinary tasks. . . . A good complement to Norman Maclean's Young Men and Fire. Recommended.”—Library Journal
Biographie de l'auteur
Matthew Desmond is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
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While it contains stories about fighting wildland fires, it also looks at the background of good rural firefighters and how this makes them good rural firefighters. It considers aspects such as city v country, being raised in a family with a father/mentor, being involved in team sports, etc, and how this affects the skills they bring to the job, and their position in the hierarchy of the crew. It also looks at the "10 and 18", and the presumption that dead wildfire fighters a) caused their own deaths by b) breaking at least one of the "10 and 18", and questions the validity of this assumption. Are dead wildfire fighters inherently bad wildfire fighters?
For me, this book is a keeper.