The following is an excerpt from “Fire Fighters” (Penguin), a new collection of essays written by Fire Fighters Association of Canada members.

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Firefighters in Manitoba are now being paid to defend communities from wildfire.

“Firefighters” is part of Penguin Classics, a joint initiative of Penguin Group and Penguin Random House.

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