A Demon Called Fire: A History of the Keene, N.H. Fire Department 1745–2003
Compiled by Stevens W. Goldsmith, Deputy Fire Chief, Retired
Drawing on extensively researched original source materials, A Demon Called Fire chronicles the 250-year history of a single, small-city fire department, while also capturing the changing America throughout the industrial revolution and the transition of volunteer citizens’ groups into professional fire services. A true contribution to New Hampshirite and American history, this beautifully illustrated historical almanac brings to life both the technological changes in firefighting and the social changes that went along with them; from the growth of private fire insurance and legal requirements for each household to own leather fire buckets, to the growing dangers of arson, nuclear accidents, and terrorism that departments must increasingly train to recognize and deal with.
About The Author
Stevens Goldsmith was born and raised in Keene, New Hampshire. He attended Keene school and graduated from Keene High School, after which he entered the United States Marine Corps and served 21 years, retiring in 1992 after Desert Storm. Stevens also found his calling as a firefighter with the Keene Fire Department and worked with them for over 30 years, until he retired as Deputy Fire Chief.
ISBN: 978-1-937721-04-6, 8.5x11, hardcover, 1236 pages, 733 images, $69.00 / Reference Books/ United States History
Available: Stevens Goldsmith, 522 Old Walpole Road, Surry, NH 03431. Or call (603) 252-7903.
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