I'm currently reading one of Nora Roberts' newer books, Chasing Fire.
Here is part of the blurb from the back cover:-
Rowan Tripp is addicted to danger. Ever since she turned eighteen, Rowan has been a "smoke jumper", fighting back the ferocious forest fires that sweep through the Montana mountains each year.
Once past the first chapter, the story became quite riveting and I didn't like having to put it down and go to work.
I read over breakfast, on the bus, before my shift started, on the bus on the way home.
Well, that's not new, it's what I always do.
But some books are easier to put down than others.....
Back to the point of this post...the Pulaski.
Throughout the story, mention is made of something called The Pulaski, a firefighting tool that I had never heard of.
Halfway through chapter 25, I finally decided to google pulaski and see what came up.....
Information from Wikipedia says:- the tool combines an axe and an adze in one head, similar to that of a cutter mattock. The Pulaki is a versatile tool for constructing firebreaks as it can be used to both dig soil and chop wood.
Fire fighting is not something I would ever do, I'm not that brave, but I certainly do appreciate those who do to keep me safe.
The characters in this book jump out of light aircraft, landing right in the thick of the blazing action and get to work digging firebreaks, cutting down trees and dead wood that might further fuel the fire, pumping water on the flames and stamping out spot fires started by sparks.