The Fire Factory Book by Harry Ahearn
Along with Dennis Smith and Leo D. Stapleton, Harry Ahearn created the literature of firefighting in America with the publication of Ghetto Firefighter, his first novel. The Fire Factory solidified his reputation when it was published in 1988, and dmc books is thrilled to make this important work available again for a new generation of firefighters.
Harry Ahearn's Fire Factory is located at East 114th Street and Fifth Avenue, in New York City's Harlem. Built during a period of fiscal austerity, the two-story brick structure with dull white-washed sides is hardly distinctive; it seldom rates a second glance from passersby. But the firefighters of Engine 58 and Ladder 26, the men of the Fire Factory, are quite another story.
Nothing comes easy for the crew of the Fire Factory. Even the most mundane, routine duty -- building inspection -- is hazardous, especially when the six-foot, 250-pound building super is cantankerously drunk and no mood for citations. A simple fund raising event -- a match between the fire department's and the police department's "semi-pro" football teams -- has its dangers, both on and off the field. And few events in a firefighter's life are as miserable as a nine-alarm fire on a freezing winter's night with blowing snow and a sub-zero wind chill.
The crew of The Fire Factory accepts all their challenges and risks with friendship and laughter, with commitment and love -- even when the safety rope breaks and tragedy strikes. Harry Ahearn's The Fire Factory is still a moving tribute to professionals who confront unequaled peril with unsurpassed courage each and every day.