Book smolders with confessions of a Colorado Springs firefighter

August 26th, 2011, 6:37 am · Post a Comment · posted by dchacon

A retired firefighter who spent three decades with the Colorado Springs Fire Department is offering an uncensored, laugh-out-loud look at life inside a fire house.

Springs native Tim Casey, 53, who fell into the profession at age 19 when he got fired from a car dealership, wrote a book last year that chronicles his adventures – and those of his buddies – in the fire service.

Casey will be signing his book — Dangers, Toils and Snares: Confessions of a Firefighter – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Colorado Coffee Merchants, 302 E. Fillmore St. The book costs $15 and is in its second printing, he said.

“The basic premise of the book is that firefighters are just people doing an extraordinary job,” Casey said in an email.

“The most frequent question I was asked over the years was. What do firemen do when they aren’t running calls? Well, the answer to that question is we turn into 10-year-old boys without adult supervision,” he said.

“The book looks back over my career and I describe what life inside a fire station is like. I don’t talk about the blood and guts or the big fires, just the fun of it and the culture.”

Casey teaches screenwriting at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He said he switched to screenwriting after penning two novels in his 20s.

In the book, Casey said he used the real names of some firefighters but not others.

That was probably a good idea.

“There will be some upset by this book, for I have taken you somewhere they won’t feel you belong,” he wrote in his last chapter.

“This world I’ve shown you is theirs and no longer mine and most hold it very closely to their hearts.”