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Beyond the Flames Paperback – 31 Oct 2013
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A fascinating peek into the world of the London Fire Brigade. A FINALIST and highly recommended. --The Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2014/15
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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the chaos that can happen when 10 plus appliances arrive all at once.
A very good read and very good value considering the large size of the book.
Written in a light hearted but committed style, the author takes us through the highs and lows of a truly varied and inspirational career. There are lessons to be learned for us all at some point in his story, but that doesn't prevent it being fascinating throughout.
An absolute must for anybody who wants to learn what it is like to be a fireman, and both how and how not to manage others.
The author gives an honest outlook on his experiences in the fire service. As he says the fire service has changed in many ways, not always for the better, but reading some of these anecdotes it is clear some things never change.
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
Fascinating to read about his time at Lambeth, not to mention the non-stop station work ! I never actually got to do station cleaning as the union had kicked it out in '72. Not sure if that was a good thing judging by the state of stations in the late seventies. The book covers over thirty years of service by the author and it's got everything but the kitchen sink in it, tons of charity work, fires, senior management doing there best to cock things up, all in all a brave book by someone who has finally told it as things really were.
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