Fighting Fire

She fought the prejudice She fought the stereotype Then she fought the greatest force of all fire.When the San Francisco Fire Department broke their all male rule to hire women, Caroline Paul never thought she d be chosen She had already enrolled in film school And Caroline, a strikingly beautiful Stanford graduate, didn t fit anyone s idea of a fireman Except her oShe fought the prejudice She fought the stereotype Then she fought the greatest force of all fire.When the San Francisco Fire Department broke their all male rule to hire women, Caroline Paul never thought she d be chosen She had already enrolled in film school And Caroline, a strikingly beautiful Stanford graduate, didn t fit anyone s idea of a fireman Except her own.Even though she loved testing her limits on white water rivers or Alpine mountains, plunging into a flame engulfed building would be different than anything she had ever done Now, in hard edged prose as crackling as a four alarm fire, she tells her amazing story From her fight to match her colleagues physically and mentally, to her silent determination to face her fears, she tells of infernos, heroism, and heartbreaking tragedy And with a will forged by fire, she reveals one woman s realization of a dream burning in her soul.
Fighting Fire She fought the prejudice She fought the stereotype Then she fought the greatest force of all fire When the San Francisco Fire Department broke their all male rule to hire women Caroline Paul never th

  • Title: Fighting Fire
  • Author: Caroline Paul
  • ISBN: 9780312970000
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Fire taps something ancient and vital in each of us, something both snarling and reverential. Fire harkens back to our wilder selves, the parts we let out only when we think no one is looking. (69)Rather like Zac Unger, Paul was an unlikely firefighter: from a white-collar background; educated at Stanford; in graduate school. Female. Like Unger, Paul came to firefighting by accident—in Unger's case, his mother persuaded him to apply; in Paul's case, she took on the application as something of [...]

    2. great read! it had its share of lull spots but it flowed well, and brought to light the fact that women should,be allowed to enter whatever profession they feel led to.

    3. I thoroughly enjoyed this well written memoir by Caroline Paul, who as a Stanford graduate in the late 1980's pursued an unlikely career as a San Francisco firefighter. One of the first women admitted to the fire department, she battled long held prejudices with hard work and fearless dedication. Her poignant narrative frequently references the sentiments of a Dayak hunter to her years before: "why would you put yourself in harm's way?" She searches for the answer to this question as she rides w [...]

    4. Riveting throughout. Excellent memoir of self-possessed and strong-willed firefighter who joined the predominately male fire department in the aftermath of affirmative action. Acceptance by some, active harassment by others, her experiences are well detailed with a curious sense of detachment that added to the credibility.In the chapter labeled "Firewomen", I was impressed with her assertation that the vilification of Elizabeth Mandel actually helped the other women who came after her. "She is s [...]

    5. Oh my god, finally an incredible auto biography of an amazing female firefighter. This follows Caroline Paul's career as a firefighter and the prejudice and physical and emotional conflicts she faces joining the San Francisco Fire Department at a time when minorities joining was a disaster. Once a feminist siding with the press against the prejudice and racism and sexism of the San Francisco firefighters, she begins to see the other side of things after joining the department with flying colors [...]

    6. I expected to enjoy this but, ultimately, pass it on. I have this personal rule that keeps my house from getting overrun with books: I only keep books I intend to reread, books I intend to loan out, reference material, and things with sentimental value. Everything else I borrow, nab as an ebook on the cheap, or purchase and pass along. I intended this to be the third option right up until I started it. I burned through eighty pages and stayed up way past my bedtime that evening and couldn't wait [...]

    7. I picked this because the cover looks interesting. A female firefighter? So I had to read it. Doesn't disappoint. It details the battery of tests you have to go through to be a fire fighter, what the job involves, how does it feel to put out your first fire and life at the station. She also tells about problems she encounters at work and how she dealt with it. Well written and very interesting. She's also the twin sister of Baywatch Captain. Not that anything to do with being a fire fighter ;)

    8. After I finished the book, I can say it was a well written book. I guess the subject matter, women breaking through the male barrier in fire fighting, wasn't particularly calling me. But on reflection, Caroline Paul, does a great job describing why anybody would want to fight fire. What the characteristics of personality that are needed to want to risk one's life on an everyday basis. It was a good change of pace for me.

    9. An exceptional, thoughtful and entertaining memoir from an unlikely firefighter. The attitudes and actions of some of her male colleagues and citizens will occasionally inspire disgust. A must-read for any young lady (or anyone, really) considering a first responder position.

    10. Such and amazing woman and author! I really enjoyed this book (and her other book: East Wind, Rain). It really gave an insight as to what women endured in the fire service.

    11. True story of one of the first female firefighters in San Francisco--the challenges of doing a physically demanding job and the challenges of breaking into the boys club.

    12. I picked up this book because I went to high school with the author's sister, but it won its place in my library on its own merits.

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