This is an updated and revised edition of the memoir Fighting Fire, first published by St. Martins Press in 1998. That edition covered my first eight years as a San Francisco firefighter; this edition includes five more years of adventures on one of the busiest rigs in the city.
Does an update mean a book bloated with random gore and fires? I assure you that I've re-edited the prose and cut chapters, so the book remains a tight fast-paced read. This version also includes a new cover (I always hated the old one) and an introduction. Let me know how you like it.
Here is the overview of the original edition:
Caroline Paul was among the first dozen women to join the San Francisco Fire Department, nearly a decade ago. A Stanford graduate, she was a film student when a chance encounter and her own curiosity led her to see whether she could pass the rigorous qualifying tests for the fire department. Somewhat to her own surprise, she soon found herself a "probie" working hard to learn her job in one of the most traditionally male-identified professions there is. She tells of the physical dangers and psychological pressures of the job, the camaraderie and deep loyalty of the department, the satisfaction of a difficult job well done, and the inevitable tragedies that come with being a firefighter. And threaded through all the tales of risk and rescue is the story of one young woman who comes to true adulthood with the realization that she is where she wants to be, doing the work she was meant to do: fighting fire.