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An Eye-Opening and Practical Look at Fire, Our Friend and Foe

New book — Ancient Fire, Modern Fire — Examines Our Relationship with Fire

January 2016 — Fire plays an essential role in our lives, yet understanding and learning to live with this friend and foe has never been easy; stopping fire is a dangerous—and often deadly—pursuit.

In the newly released book, Ancient Fire, Modern Fire, author Einar Jensen presents an eye-opening look at fire and our history of dealing with it. He then gives us the tools for being responsible and prepared—as parents and teachers, as communities and fire service professionals, and as homeowners in the wildland urban interface.

"If we don't change our understanding of fire, our rules of engagement, or our cultural values, we should expect more tragedies and be willing to pay for them in ever-increasing volumes of dollars, blood, sweat and tears," says Einar Jensen. "I'm committed to preventing these tragedies."

Chapters include the fundamentals of fire science, youth and firesetting, fire's dark side—a tool of pain and destruction, fire's positive side—a tool of creation, sacred fire, risk perception and fire, harmony with fire, and "will we keep burning?" Wrapping up the book is an entertaining section of twenty-nine ancient myths from around the world about the origins of fire, followed by a detailed appendix with resources for dealing with youth fire misuse, and more.

"Jensen reminds us that fire hasn't changed, human beings have: we are too comfortable and too careless around fire and its destructive power. We will never own it or control it, but we must respect it...when it destroys and when it creates," says Maria Bostian, Fire & Life Safety Educator at Kannapolis Fire Department. "Ancient Fire, Modern Fire is an excellent resource on fire and fire safety, and should be on the shelves of educators and families, all fire service professionals, injury prevention specialists, juvenile firesetter intervention specialists, and mental health professionals."

Einar Jensen is a veteran community risk reduction specialist with Colorado's South Metro Fire Rescue Authority's Preparedness Division, directing their wildfire mitigation program and educating students and the public on fire and injury prevention.

Ancient Fire, Modern Fire: Understanding and Living With Our Friend & Foe

by Einar Jensen is published by PixyJack Press
$19.95, 224 pages softcover, ISBN 978-1-936555-64-2

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