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Fire Call!: sounding the alarm to save our vanishing volunteers

DeVault, George

Editore: Jump Seat Press, 2015
ISBN 10: 0990923614 / ISBN 13: 9780990923619
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Titolo: Fire Call!: sounding the alarm to save our ...

Casa editrice: Jump Seat Press

Data di pubblicazione: 2015

Legatura: Soft cover

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Riassunto: ?On a good day, our biggest fire truck carries a crew of five. Today is not a good day. It's a weekday, the time when the fewest volunteers can respond to a fire call. We're heading for a roaring house fire -- where a woman is reported trapped -- with a crew of two.? So begins ?Fire Call!?, retired fire chief George DeVault?s memoir about his 30 action-packed years as a volunteer firefighter. When DeVault gets to the burning house, neighbors insist the woman is still inside. That?s a big problem. DeVault is the only firefighter in an air pack. The trapped woman is running out of time ? and air. Should DeVault wait for backup? Or take a big chance and go inside the burning house to search for her ? alone? What would you do? The action doesn?t stop there. It?s just beginning. On other harrowing fire calls, DeVault: ? Almost falls through the floor and into a burning basement. ? Plays hide-and-seek with a suicidal gunman inside a house the man set on fire. ? Swims into a pond ? in the middle of Hurricane Floyd ? to rescue a man being sucked into a drain pipe. ? Helps his community, especially the young children, deal with the grim reality of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. There is more, of course. Much more. Remember, this is a memoir ? with a mission. The subtitle is, ?sounding the alarm to save our vanishing volunteers.? ?Fire Call!? is the story of an endangered species ? America?s force of 783,300 volunteer firefighters, which between 1984 and 2012, shrank by 13 percent, while the number of emergency calls nearly tripled. Nationwide, experts predict we may soon have no volunteers in some parts of the country. ?Sooner or later, somebody?s going to dial 911 ? and the 911 center is going to dispatch a fire department, and nobody?s going to show up. That?s where we?re headed, Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner Edward A. Mann testified before the state legislature in 2014. ?The volunteer emergency services ? is a tradition in danger of weakening and possibly even dying out,? the United States Fire Administration (USFA) reported back in 2004. ?Many fire departments across the nation today are experiencing more difficulty with recruiting and retaining members than ever before. ?The causes of the problems are similar in all 50 states,? said the USFA. ?No single region of the country is dealing with problems that are significantly different than those found in other regions. ?Fire departments can no longer count on the children of current members following in their parent?s footsteps. Nor can they count on a continuous stream of community people eager to donate their time and energy to their local volunteer fire department. Adding to the problem, departments cannot rely on members staying active in the volunteer fire service for long periods of time,? the USFA concluded. That should scare us all, because in 2014, fully 69 percent of our firefighters ? seven out of every 10 firefighters ? were volunteers. Together, they save American taxpayers an estimated $139.8 billion a year, not to mention countless lives. ?Fire Call!? explains why, what it?s really like to be a volunteer firefighter, and what each and every one of us can do to help save our vanishing volunteers. The author has pledged a portion of the proceeds from ?Fire Call!? to benefit volunteer firefighters around the country.

L'autore: ?Fire Call!? author George DeVault is an award-winning journalist, who responded to more than 5,000 fire calls over 30 years as a volunteer firefighter. Born and raised in central Ohio, DeVault spent half his working life covering breaking news in Ohio and South Florida. While a freshman in high school, he started work at age 15 as a photographer for his hometown newspaper, The Delaware Gazette. He then worked as night police reporter and labor writer for The Columbus Dispatch, and later became assistant city editor at The Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel in Florida. In 1981, he moved his young family to Emmaus, Pennsylvania, where he was executive editor/publisher of Rodale Press? national organic farm magazine, The New Farm. To make more friends in his new hometown ? and give something back to the community ? he joined the Emmaus Fire Department. He rose through the ranks to become deputy fire chief, and later fire chief in the neighboring rural township where he lives. He is nationally certified as Firefighter I & II, Fire Officer I & II, and Fire Instructor I. DeVault was a farm magazine and book editor/publisher at Rodale Inc. for 25 years. Special assistant to the late Chairman Robert Rodale, DeVault was editor, then general director of Rodale?s Russian-American joint venture, living with his family in Moscow, Russia, in 1993-1994. DeVault has written widely for publications such as Successful Farming, Farm Journal, Top Producer, Mother Earth News, and Organic Gardening. He has edited or published six books including ?How to Make $100,000 Farming 25 Acres,? ?Backyard Market Gardening,? ?Truckpatch? and ?Return to Pleasant Valley,? a revival of the works of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield. He has received professional honors from groups as diverse as MagazineWeek, American Chiropractic Association, and North American Agricultural Journalists. In 2002, he was named a Food and Society Policy Fellow in a program funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. He was honored locally in 2004 as Conservation Farmer of the Year. DeVault was executive director and president of Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa (2008-2010). In 2011, DeVault was elected to a 6-year term as township supervisor in Pennsylvania. DeVault lives on a small farm near Emmaus where he and his wife, Melanie, raise organic vegetables, flowers, blueberries, herbs and pastured pork. They have two grown children and three grandchildren.

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