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Coming to a Coffee Table Near You: American Firefighter

Coming to a Coffee Table Near You: American Firefighter


In 2003, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) published Firefighters, a series of essays reflecting on the courage and vitality of firefighting in the United States. This book has remained tremendously popular and has been reprinted a number of times.

The Foundation has entered a contractual agreement with Rizzoli Publishing (NY) for a single coffee table style volume called American Firefighter. Rizzoli is known widely within the publishing profession for its incredibly beautiful and meticulous artwork and photography. In 2013, Rizzoli published American Farmer, the first in its series of books spotlighting single professions.

American Firefighter will feature 50 firefighters/fire officers who have interesting profiles. This will include profiles of extraordinary courage, family stories spanning the generations, and those with extremely challenging assignments within their fire departments. On the other hand, we will also spotlight firefighters who may seem very ordinary but who form the backbone of our communities—small town volunteers, metro department chief officers and, of course, others on the department size and job duty spectrum. We will elevate these quiet heroes as well.

Many of the same team members that brought Firefighters to the market are involved in American Firefighter. We are extremely fortunate to have Paul Mobley assigned as our photographer, as each profile will have accompanying photos that will visually tell the story of those whom are selected to be profiled. Dr. JoEllen Kelly, of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, will be the primary author.

If you would like to know more about our photographer, Paul Mobley, please see his work displayed at