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Beyond The Flames

Beyond The Flames [Kindle Edition]

David Pike
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As a teenager at a South London comprehensive school, young David Pike is advised by his careers master to seek employment at a local engineering factory. Determined not to do so, 'Pikey' first considers the Metropolitan Police; disappointed at their rejection, he sees an advertisement for the London Fire Brigade, who at sixteen offer him a place as a Junior Fireman.
From those early days in the 60s as a Junior Fireman, Pikey's career spans four decades and numerous jobs as he climbs the career ladder in the London Fire Brigade. On the way he undertakes a wide variety of roles, as well as organising several high profile charity events and official Fire Brigade commemorations.
David Pike's enthralling book is his own account - sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, but never dull - of his career in, and dedication to, fire fighting in the capital city. The reader will gain a fascinating insight into the workings of the London Fire Brigade and the firefighters who keep us safe.

About the Author

Starting his career as a fire-cadet at 16 the author rose to senior rank, always in an operational role. A steady 'plodder' more than a high flier he learnt his trade craft serving, and commanding, the Capital's busiest and most challenging fire station, Brixton. Awarded the Queens Commendation for Brave Conduct he also rowed himself into the Guinness Books of Records whilst raising many thousand of pounds for charity. A talented organiser, he was involved in delivering some of the London Fire Brigade's most high profile public events during the 1990s, including Royal visits and the unveiling of the national Blitz memorial by St Paul's Cathedral. A fireman first and foremost, he provides a valuable human story into the life and history of the London Fire Brigade from 1965 to the late 1990s.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5267 KB
  • Print Length: 795 pages
  • Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers (31 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,589 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good account 20 Feb 2014
By Mac
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I enjoyed reading this book a lot, as an ex LFB fireman it brought back lots of memories. I thought that the author was very fair in giving criticism of the job where due and also praise, recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good read......... 5 Feb 2014
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though I've not read many biographies I enjoyed this book as it wasn't a "me, myself, I". When the author did give himself a tongue in the cheek pat on the back it was always after praising the skills etc. of the rest of the team(s). It was a book featuring many harrowing events "behind the lines" which I remembered well, having worked in the City for 30 years. To all female readers this is a book that takes us "beyond the uniform"!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Flames 5 Jan 2014
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The title says it all !! I bought this book as a Christmas present for my husband who is a retired FF but also because my dad was a station officer and I am reading it first as can't put it down ! It is extremely well written and informative with good photographs - it takes you inside the world of a fire fighter, well done Mr Pike !!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Richard Blackler 5 Jan 2014
By Richard
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A really great read, very informative about the London Fire Brigade.
David Pike pulls no punches describing life in the Fire Brigade warts and all, his honesty about his own personal life was actually very refreshing
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping account of a truely dedicated man 3 Jan 2014
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I must first say that I was fortunate enough to serve under the author at Brixton so could not wait for the arrival of this book. I thought I had known Dave pretty well but page after page brought more surprises about his life totally dedicated to a service he loved. I hope this book is widely read by people outside the Brigade as it is written with total honesty and is an insight into the possibilities of progressing in any trade if dedicated. Dave was a man manager second to none and the book shows with enough carrots very little stick is necessary.I hope the general public read and enjoy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A piece of London's history 3 Jan 2014
In many ways this seemed a bit of a challenge to review.Why? Because it reflects my own service with the London Fire Brigade .The period encompassed within the 583 pages was also my time of service.
I never met David personally although we have shared many of the same incidents so we are both ships that passed in the night so to speak.
I tried to detach from many parts of it but it was impossible not to be drawn back into the pages.
It is a remarkable piece of work and documents a historic time for the Brigade.
It was a period of change,from the austere mood of the war and the fifties into the new awakening of the 60's.
It was a period of change for the London Fire Brigade too with many of the wartime practices and traditions lingering on well into the late 70's.
The story encapsulates a lad embarking on an adventure,the last of such adventures, as today is a very different world.
The lad becomes a hardened fireman in the toughest peacetime period of the toughest Brigade in the UK if not the world.
The hardened fireman becomes an officer and embraces more responsibility.
With it comes wisdom,tenacity and the ability to pass it on to the younger men and women joining the brigade in the later years of his service.
A well crafted account of his time in Service.
David Pike has made a major contribution to the history of the London Fire Brigade and I am sure it will serve as a worthy reference to those who today and in the future will want to know what was it like to be a London Fireman.
A jolly good read and reference work.
Beyond the Flames
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5.0 out of 5 stars atmospheric 2 Jan 2014
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Totally captured the atmosphere of those days at fire stations throughout London. I have almost missed 2 shouts while reading this and have been forced to purchase extra copies for my Zimbabwean firemen. A wonderful story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars JD 2 Jan 2014
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An excellent and informative look at the 'real' side of a London Fireman's life from the 60's to the 90's. I was lucky to have joined the LFB in the very early 70's and to have served some of my 30 years in the B Division at Peckham and as such knew of Dave. I not only knew many of the characters that Dave talks about but also attended many of the 'jobs, and his descriptions of both as well as his honest portrayal of station life are absolutely spot on and brought back many memories. It is refreshing to see that he maintains this honesty when describing his rise through the ranks and the politics, jealousy and egos that were involved. A real 'warts and all' tale!
An excellent read, not only for those of us who were in the 'job', but also to anyone who ever wondered what it was like to be a London Fireman.
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