Library Bookwatch: September 2016
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive, Oregon, WI 53575

I Can’t Save You But I’ll Die Trying: The American Fire Culture challenges the status quo inherent in American culture that is getting both firefighters and civilians killed. Every year, 3,250 people in America die from fires. Changes in attitude and policy are desperately needed to reduce the death toll, but they are too slow in coming. “The NIOSH [National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health] line-of-duty death studies report that we [professional firefighters] do not follow our own safety SOPs, national standards, and training doctrine. We do not use our safety equipment. We do not hold firefighters, officers, or chiefs responsible and accountable when it comes to safety.” I Can’t Save You But I’ll Die Trying addresses one example after another, and proposed ways to change fundamentally problematic behaviors. I Can’t Save You But I’ll Die Trying is highly recommended, especially for public library collections, and an absolute “must-read” for every volunteer or professional firefighter.


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