Report From Engine Co. 82: Read The Book, Get The Shirt

Hooks & Irons Co.
November 17, 2015

Like many young firefighters, reading Report From Engine Co. 82 inspired me and helped me better understand the culture of the fire service. Many years later, as a chief officer who promoted intentional reading, I re-read it and purchased several copies and passed them on to others. I’ve also read Dennis Smith’s other books that explored the 1906 San Fransisco earthquake and fires, the history of firefighting in America, and firefighters’ lives in their own words. Who better than a firefighter to help us learn and discover the history and meaning of the fire service.

Hooks & Irons, also, is a firefighter owned company that understands the importance of knowing who we are and where we come from. Their mission is to help “celebrate the traditions and history of the fire service,” and they do that through a story-telling blog and the sale of firefighting merchandise that “reflects the beauty and history of our job”. Read their blog on Report From Engine Co. 82 – Remembering A Classic. I wear one of their hats and a couple of their shirts.

Read the book Report from Engine Co. 82 and buy the shirt Engine Co. 82 from Hooks & Irons.

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