Army Fire Fighting details the history of this low-density military occupational specialty which represents a small section of the Corps of Engineers.
Beginning with the Civil War through present day, this historical perspective contains the lineage and history of Army fire fighting units and includes unit rosters, activations and deactivations, deployment locations and description of some of the major fires fought.
The book also contains photographs of Army fire fighters during World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm and the War on Terrorism.
Using interviews, correspondence and diaries, as well as archived material, Leroy Allen Ward tells the remarkable story of the Army's Engineer Firefighters.
While on active duty he deployed to Desert Storm with the 89th Engineer Detachment (FFTG). He was instrumental in developing the specifications for the Tactical Fire Fighting Truck (TFFT), and led the development and fielding of the Joint-Firefighting Integrated Response Ensemble (J-FIRE) while assigned to the U.S. Army Engineer Center at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. His expertise led to the creation of the 5th Army Fire Fighting Center of Excellence at Fort Lewis, WA while assigned to the 91st Division (Training).
His military awards and decorations are numerous and include the Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Kuwait-Liberation-Medal and the Corp of Engineers de Fleury Medal (Bronze).
Since January 2001, he has been employed with Rural/Metro Fire Department serving as an aircraft rescue fire fighter, fire captain, fire chief, and currently serves as the Specialty Fire Group Command Fire Chief overseeing 10 fire department operations across the United States.