By Ed Daniels
In his first novel, “Fire Chief,” author Ed Daniels recalls his life as a volunteer fire fighter in the foothills west of Golden, Colorado. Based on actual events, “Fire Chief” (ISBN1456351761) takes readers into the heat which countless volunteer firefighters face every day throughout the United States. Most people don’t realize that those firefighters and EMTs and Paramedics who respond to fires and accidents in rural areas are almost always volunteers. These first responders sacrifice time with their families and their careers to dedicate their lives to the citizens they protect.
While he fictionalizes his characters and locations, Daniels’ novel portrays actual fires, rescues and other experiences. The narrator recalls his life as a volunteer firefighter who attempts to balance the load of raising a family, managing a business career and maintaining an active role with the volunteer fire department. Readers go along for the journey as the firefighter grows into an expert leader who eventually retires and reflects on his lifetime of bravery and public service.
“I want people to understand what their neighbors and friends are going through as volunteer firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics,” Daniels said. “I want others to be inspired to volunteer and to see for themselves what it is like to serve as a volunteer first responder.”