Into the Line of Fire by Allan Bruce Book Resume:
When he left the New Zealand Fire Service in 1982, author of INTO THE LINE OF FIRE, Allan Bruce, believed the recently fledged nationalised fire service was heading down a 'righteous' path. But in the years that followed reports surfaced of an entirely different nature. Having observed emerging developments in the New Zealand Fire Service, the scope and magnitude of these changes raised red flags. Now in retirement, he began an investigation to understand what had gone wrong and, even more importantly, why. The book title, INTO THE LINE OF FIRE, has two distinct meanings. The first is obvious: Throughout their service, firefighters understand each time they respond to a call-out they enter into the hazardous line of fire. This they accept without question. But while the second meaning is less apparent, it soon becomes clear just how much in the political line of fire frontline firefighters have been - and how significantly it affects morale and efficiency. The men and women who become firefighters should never be forced into the political line of fire. INTO THE LINE OF FIRE is an important reminder with timely warnings and a challenge to government. With practical solutions to ongoing problems it also outlines out what might happen if the core problem issues outlined are not urgently addressed.