On the Web: Specialized Sites
Hodges, Glenn. "Russian smoke-jumpers," National Geographic (8/02):82-99.
O'Brien, Bill. "Firefighting for hire: would the city of Alameda save money if it were to contract its fire department to a private company?" Berkeley Express (9/20/91).
In the Library: Non-Fiction Books
Beil, Karen Magnuson. Fire in their Eyes : Wildfires & the People Who Fight Them (San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1999).
Brown, Larry. On Fire (Chapel Hill NC: Algonquin, 1994).
Chetkovich, Carol. Real Heat: Gender & Race in the Urban Fire Service (New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers, 1997). Oakland CA.
Demarest, Chris L. Firefighters A to Z (NY: McElderry, 2000).
Gess. Denise. Firestorm at Peshtigo: A Town, its People, & the Deadliest Fire in American History (NY: Henry Holt, 2002).
Goodman, Edward C. Fire! The 100 Most Devastating Fires & the Heroes Who Fought Them (?,?)
Halberstam, David. Firehouse (NY: Hyperion, 2003).
Mudd-Ruth, Maria. Firefighting: Behind the Scenes (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998).
Naden, Corinne J. The Chicago Fire, 1871: The Blaze that Nearly Destroyed a City (NY: F. Watts, 1969).
Paul, Caroline. Fighting Fire (NY: St. Martin's, 1998). Memoir of a San Francisco woman firefighter.
Perry, Michael. Population 485 (NY: Harper, 2003). Search for roots in small-town Wisconsin by volunteer firefighter & EMT.
Porter, Stephen. The Great Fire of London (Phoenix Mill, Gloucestershire: Sutton, 1996).
Pyne, Stephen. World Fire: The Culture of Fire on Earth (NY: Holt, 1995).
__________. Vestal Fire: An Environmental History, Told through Fire, of Europe & Europe's Encounter with the World (Seattle: U. Washington, 1997).
__________. Fire: A Brief History (Seattle: U. Washington, 2001).
__________. Tending Fire: Coping with America's Wildland Fires (Washington: Shearwater, 2004).
Sullivan, Margaret. Firestorm! The Story of the 1991 East Bay Fire in Berkeley (Berkeley CA: City of Berkeley, 1993).
Taylor, Murray A. Jumping Fire: A Smokejumper's Memoir of Fighting Wildfire (NY: Harcourt, 2000).
Unger, Zac. Working Fire: The Making of an Accidental Fireman (NY: Penguin, 2004).
Wallington, Neil. Firemen at War: The Work of London's Firefighters in the Second World War (Newton Abbot, Devon: David & Charles, 1981).
Wambaugh, Joseph. Fire Lover: A True Story (NY: W. Morrow, 2002). Fire inspector John Orr, who turned into a serial arsonist.
In the Library: Fiction
Ackroyd, Peter. The Great Fire of London: A Novel (London: H. Hamilton, 1982).
Connelly, Joe. Bringing Out the Dead (NY: Knopf, 1998).
Evans, Nicholas. The Smoke Jumper (NY: Delacorte, 2001).
Junger, Sebastian. Fire (NY: Norton, 2001).
Nance, John J. Fire Flight (NY: Simon & Schuster, 2003).
Sparks, Nicholas. The Rescue (?,?).
In the Library: For Young Readers
In the Library: Poetry
In the Library: Drama
In the Library: Photography
"Bringing Out the Dead" , dir. Martin Scorsese, 120m. In video stores.
"Fire!" , dir. Earl Bellamy, 100m. In video stores. Mountain community threatened by forest fire.
"Firefighters" , dir. Vic Hemon, 60m.
"Firehouse" , dir. Alex March, 73m. In video stores. Racial tension among firefighters.
"Ladder 49" , dir. Jay Russell, 105m. In video stores. Almost documentary focus on the nature of the work.