On the Book Shelf
By John M. Malecky August, 2018
By James O. Page
FSP Books & Videos
188 Central Street, Suite #4
Hudson, MA 01749-1330
This is a soft cover book measuring 6" x 9" with 164 pages. It is a compilation of 45 essays by the author who is now deceased, but had a very colorful career beginning with the Los Angeles County Fire Department in 1957. He implemented the L. A. County’s paramedic program in 1971, and for a time served as a technical consultant for the T.V. series, Emergency. I’ll let you, the reader, comprehend his impressive bio.
These essays are grouped into 12 sections. Such topics are One Man’s Career, Extraordinary People, Fire Service Culture, California Firestorms, When Things Go Wrong, The Ride of My Life, Fire Chiefs, Getting Things Done through People, Ink Fights, Keep The Lawyers Out Of This, Bureaucratic Foibles, and Movies And Television. There are two to four stories in each of these groups, none of which are very long but all very interesting. There is also an epilogue.
The only photo (other than two small black and white ones of the author), is of the author at the back bumper of a replica of old Rescue 11, a 1947 Ford panel truck which was formerly a plumber’s truck for sale in Minnesota that he bought and later restored to look like the first rescue truck he was assigned to.