Bruce Hensler, A Shared History

Bruce Hensler A Shared History
by Bruce Hensler

Bruce Hensler joined the fire service in 1976 and studied fire science. While in college, he boarded fulltime in a suburban Pittsburgh volunteer fire department protecting high-value commercial properties gaining practical experience in firefighting and rescue work. He served as a career firefighter for the McKeesport Fire Department before moving to Maine where he worked in several departments holding career positions as assistant fire chief and fire chief. He went on to the state's firefighter training program from which he retired as deputy director of operations in 2007. He holds a graduate degree in public administration and a certificate in geographic information systems. His interest in the fire service and its history encompasses the human and geographic aspects of responding to emergencies and disasters. He is an active volunteer firefighter and is currently working on a second book about urban volunteer firefighters in the late twentieth-century. He lives in Pennsylvania and is the author of Crucible of Fire: Nineteenth-Century Urban Fires and the Making of the Modern Fire Service published in 2011 by Potomac Books. More information about his book is available at www.potomacbooksinc.com/books or at his Web site www.brucehensler.com. Contact Bruce at Bruce.Hensler@FireRescue1.com.

 Most Popular

All Popular Articles

Today's Top Stories

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Line-Of-Duty Deaths

Shane Clifton -   - [St. Paul, Minnesota] Chris Phillips -   - [Salisbury, North Carolina] Lawrence Sesso -   - [Sayville, New York]

Submit information on fallen firefighters in your area.

Line of Duty Deaths

FireRescue1 Exclusive

Full Story...
Second-life fire trucks: Know the risks
Repurposing rigs for fire-service duty can be a great cost savings, but they require great care to make sure they are safe for firefighting.
Full Story
Past Exclusives

Featured Columnist

Mark van der Feyst Mark van der Feyst
The Domino Effect
All Columnists