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Ahead of the flaming front : a life on fire

Author: Jerry D Mathes, II.
Publisher: Caldwell, Idaho : Caxton Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Ahead of the Flaming Front, Jerry D. Mathes II takes readers into the heart of wildfires from the forests of Idaho to the deserts of the Mexican border<U+2014>and directly into the lives of the men and women who face the terror, beauty, and hardship of life on the fire line. His story testifies to their extraordinary camaraderie, forged by thunderstorms that scatter lightning and hail, high summer heat and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Jerry D Mathes, II.; Jerry D Mathes, II.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jerry D Mathes, II.
ISBN: 9780870045271 087004527X
OCLC Number: 839395884
Description: xiv, 225 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The oldest rookie --
Ahead of the flaming front --
Buddy check --
Falling into fire --
Ten and eighteen --
The dead --
The dead II --
We ride for the brand --
On the border --
Fight or flight or suck it up and take it --
Tilting at cows --
Rebel creek --
Working with cons --
Truck attack --
ETO --
After action review, 2012.
Responsibility: Jerry D. Mathes II.

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In Ahead of the Flaming Front, Jerry D. Mathes II takes readers into the heart of wildfires from the forests of Idaho to the deserts of the Mexican border<U+2014>and directly into the lives of the men and women who face the terror, beauty, and hardship of life on the fire line. His story testifies to their extraordinary camaraderie, forged by thunderstorms that scatter lightning and hail, high summer heat and shivering nights in which bears prowl through wilderness camps, and quiet days of reflection, waiting for what may come next. With a poet<U+2019>s lyricism, Mathes tells of the life and death of friends, of negotiating the bureaucracy of the federal fire service, and of the rivalry of competing agencies. He wistfully describes the weighty absence of his daughters as they grow up and the desperate feeling of failure even as he appears to be succeeding. Readers live alongside Mathes as he grows from a stunned rookie trembling under arcing flames into a seasoned member of the training cadre. His life comes full circle when he brings his hard-won field experience back to the classroom, giving his students the tools to work and survive in the chaotic world of wilderness wildfires. --Publisher.
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