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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Retired Firefighter Pens Fictional Book

23/10/2012

Mike Hodgkins and Peter Dartford

Retired firefighter Mike Hodgkins is about to release his first fictional fire service story, Better Red Than Dead.

"I am very pleased to have been of some help to Mike in his new career as an author, he helped me a great deal during the early part of my fire and rescue service career."

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Peter Dartford

The main character in the book, Mac, is loosely based on Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s own Chief Fire Officer, Peter Dartford, who was trained by Mike in the early years of his career.

68-year-old Mike, who has now settled in Chesterfield, said: "I was prompted to write something by my daughter who asked that I record my time as a fire officer as a document for her and the grandchildren, a sort of historical record.

"Although the story is fictional, parts of it are based in the Peak District so readers will recognise places mentioned. It is a book that will appeal to members of the fire service countrywide as well as anyone with an interest in the fire service."

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Peter Dartford said: "I am very pleased to have been of some help to Mike in his new career as an author, albeit unknowingly! Mike helped me a great deal during the early part of my fire and rescue service career, as an instructor during my initial training course and later as a colleague at Hertford Fire Station.

"I’ll have to reserve any further comment until I’ve read the book, to gauge just how much Mac is like the young, enthusiastic firefighter I was back then!"

Better Red Than Dead can be pre-ordered on Amazon now and is officially released on November 1.