I graduated from Stanford University, and expected to follow a career path that involved a briefcase and a bonus package. Instead, I picked up an axe and became a San Francisco firefighter. I wrote about this unlikely choice, and the ensuing adventures, in Fighting Fire, originally published in 1998. After publication I continued to work on one of the busiest rigs in the city. Recently I decided to update, revise, and reprint Fighting Fire. This version has an introduction, a spiffy new cover, and incidents that couldn’t make it into the original because they happened in the latter part of my 13-and-a-half year career.