Fired Up

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As far back as the nine­teenth cen­tury (and pos­si­bly even ear­lier), fire­fight­ers took to the sea to fight fires along the coun­try’s coast­line. “Wa­ter­front blazes sel­dom were small,” writes Wayne Mutza in the in­tro­duc­tion to Amer­i­can Fire Boats: The His­tory of Wa­ter­borne Fire­fight­ing and Res­cue in Amer­ica ($50, schif­fer books.com) due, in part, to the mul­ti­tudi­nous in­dus­trial build­ings along the ports. Mutza traces the evo­lu­tion of these craft, from bat­tle­ship-size wood-and-iron fire­boats—so pow­er­ful their wa­ter can­nons could re­duce con­crete struc­tures to rub­ble—to to­day’s nim­ble, high-tech alu­minum ves­sels. But it’s not just about the boats. Mutza also pays heart­felt trib­ute to fire­fight­ers who served with pur­pose and pride, and con­tinue to an­swer the call of dan­ger.

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