Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be a firefighter? How about a paramedic or other first responder? I just found out about Explorer Post 444, a teen fire and rescue group sponsored by Snohomish Fire and Rescue. If you're between the ages of 14 and 20 and live in the Snohomish School District, you can get hands-on experience, leadership and skills training, and an opportunity to find mentors and make new friends.
Reading about this program made me think about all the great firefighter-related reading you can find on our shelves. If you're not inclined to rush out and join Explorer Post 444, or if you live in an area that doesn't offer a similar opportunity, you can experience the excitement, heroism, and peril of firefighting from the comfort of home.
Fire investigator Nanase
by Izo Hashimoto
In this graphic novel, firefighter academy student Nanase is a rookie fire investigator with a dark past. As she solves crimes of arson, she must also face her own fiery demons. 2 volumes.
The broken places : a novel
by Susan Perabo
12 year old Paul Tucker worships his firefighter dad, Sonny. When Sonny is injured saving a teenage neo-Nazi, he is catapulted into the national spotlight. Paul's family must struggle to cope with the scrutiny and uncomfortable truths fame brings.
by Nicholas Sparks
When volunteer firefighter Taylor McAdden rescues a single mom and her developmentally disabled son from a car wreck, they form a special bond. But will they be able to overcome their fears and form a family?
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
PG-13. Just because it's about firefighters doesn't mean it has to be serious! Larry, a firefighter, can't name his own children as beneficiaries on his life insurance policy due to a glitch. So he calls in a favor from co-worker Chuck, and asks him to pose as his domestic partner on a few forms. When their "relationship" becomes front-page news, the two men must pose as a happy couple.