on 27 July 2005
Following the successful vets books and policemans progress series it was inevitable that sooner or later an anecdotal biography would be written by a firefighter. Jim O'Halloran has brilliantly accepted the challenge and chronicles the life of a rookie fireman in the old West Ham County Fire Brigade in the early sixties up to and including the amalgamation with the London Fire Brigade in 1965. The book is very readable and is a must not just for firefighters but for the uninitiated too.
The characters portayed spring to life and the discipline and camaraderie of the Fire Service will be the envy of readers in a more mundane occupation. Books such as this can do much to enhance the image of the fire service as a whole. This book finishes in 1965 so hopefully there are further volumes to follow. They are eagerly awaited.