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The Fire She Fights: A Novel

ISBN: 9781634894760
Binding: Paperback
Author: Tracy Moore
Pages: 336
Trim: 5.25 x 8 inches
Published: 10/7/2021

Inspired by the true stories of over thirty women firefighters, this first-of-its-kind novel brings female firefighter stories blazing onto bookshelves.

“I cried, I laughed, I cheered. This book shines a light on the strength and courage of hardworking women who pave the way for social change and gender equality.” —Carlyn Gilmore, occupational therapist

It’s dangerous to be an extraordinary woman. 

Four women—Ruby, Dana, Brazil, and Jessie—choose the extraordinary when they join the Minneapolis Fire Department. Prepared to fight literal fires, none of them anticipate the threats lurking in the dark corners of the firehouse. 

How do you protect yourself from someone labeled as a hero? 

Is it better to secure your own place in a flawed system, or fight for something better? 

Told by a veteran Minneapolis firefighter and captain, The Fire She Fights brings bold representation to the realities of working in a male-dominated field.

In this compelling addition to women's fiction, the lives and friendships of female firefighters are illuminated as they support one another in a culture meant to keep them out.

“The most realistic book of female firefighters I have ever read!”

—Lisa Sedillo, firefighter and paramedic for West Manatee Fire Rescue

Tracy Moore served as a Minneapolis firefighter and captain for more than twenty years. She earned a Master of Public Affairs degree from The University of Minnesota at the Humphrey School.


“An engaging, inspiring account of women firefighters, this novel is a must-read to understand what women experience in the fire service—and the courage required not only at fires but also in the firehouse.” —Capt. Brenda Berkman, FDNY (retired), sole named plaintiff in the federal sex discrimination lawsuit that opened the New York City Fire Department to women and 9/11 WTC first responder

“Though shelved as such, this is hardly a work of fiction. Leaders, use your power for good. Read Tracy Moore’s book, then take your open eyes into the workplace and improve it for everyone.” —Christie L. Nixon, brigadier general (retired), US Army 

The Fire She Fights captures the harsh truth and reality of what women in the fire service face daily. Readers will connect with the intricate lives of four women, find themselves rooting for fairness, justice, and equality, and be encouraged by the friendships forged along the way. What a great representation of how to come full circle.” —Dr. Sabrina Brandon Ricks, president of SBR Workplace Leadership Services (specializing in training to detour and prevent harassment and bullying) and volunteer firefighter for the Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Fire Department

“I sincerely hope other male firefighters and officers read the book. Because if they do, I believe they're going to be shocked to see that they’re one of two characters in Moore’s book: they’re either the person whose behaviors are inappropriate, or the person who’s looking the other way.” —Robert Avsec, battalion chief (retired) of the Chesterfield (Va.) Fire and EMS Department 

“A powerful depiction of the experiences of women firefighters. Ultimately, this novel showcases how much we are stronger together.” —Jenn Dawkins, acting captain and training officer of the Vancouver Fire Rescue Service, founder of Camp Ignite Mentorship Program in BC, and board Member of Fire Service Women Ontario