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Historic Fires of New York City

Historic Fires of New York City


Glenn P. Corbett, Donald J. Cannon



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Arcadia Publishing

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Fire has shaped New York City’s skyline and has transformed its political and cultural landscape. Historic Fires of New York City traverses the five boroughs, exploring the historic fires that have occurred since the very beginning of the metropolis. Starting with bucket-wielding Dutch burghers and accelerating with the appointment of 35 “strong, able, discreet, honest and sober men,” the effort to bring order out of chaos has been a constant concern of the city for more than three centuries.

Author Bio: Glenn P. Corbett, assistant professor of fire science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is an assistant chief of the Waldwick Fire Department in New Jersey. He serves as technical editor of Fire Engineering, a 128-year-old fire service journal. Donald J. Cannon, professor of history at St. Peter’s College, is the author of Heritage of Flames, the standard reference on early American firefighting. He teaches an online fire science course entitled Fire in New York at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and is an honorary deputy chief in the Fire Department of New York.

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