By Apps, Roy
Fire! FIRE! A the first sign of a fire we call the fire brigade. But what did people do before the fire service existed? Learn about the evolution form the first brigades, to the multi-skilled fire services that operate around the world today. Wayland have partnered with The Nati...onal Archives to bring you this comprehensive look at the history of one of the most revered professions around: Firefighting. This stand-out title traces firefighting through history beginning with the Greeks and Romans. We look at the Great Fire of London - one of the most memorable fires in early British history and the impact that it had on the understanding of fire and it's destruction of houses and vast areas of the city. Through the ages we look at the early brigades and the man responsible for the creation of the first organised fire service - Chief Officer James Braidwood. We examine the changes in technology that have led to improvements in equipment, appliances and safety. The early 20th century saw women fighting fires for the first time, and trend continued in the war years as firefighting changed once again. Today, the fire service does far more than simply fighting fires. They play a key role in search and rescue operations, road accidents and disaster relief. With amazing photography, readers will gain a sense of how the fire services has changed over time with the creation of an organised firefighting force and the developments both in science and technology and our understanding of Smoke, Flame, and Fire!Read more
Roy Apps is the author of more than fifty children's books, including The Twitches, Fang Gang and How To Handle. He is the author of the highly successful Dream to Win series for Franklin Watts. His novel The Secret Summer of Daniel Lyons won The Writers' Guild Children's Book Award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Awards. It is now a successful musical. Roy writes extensively for radio, theatre and TV. In 2001 he was awarded a BAFTA for his children's TV work, which includes Byker Grove, The Ghost Hunter and Barmy Aunt Boomerang. Roy visits schools, libraries and bookshops to read from his books and to share the secrets of The Shed in Your Head . He runs Writing Projects for all ages and over the last few years has helped young and new writers make books, stage plays, films, performance poetry and most recently, an opera.
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