In 1987, Caroline Paul became one of the first female firefighters to work for the San Francisco Fire Department. Paul is a graduate of Stanford University and the author of Fighting Fire, an autobiography detailing her path into the profession. While working as a journalist in 1986, Paul decided to write an expose about the sexist and racist practices employed by the San Francisco Fire Department so, she began the application process. Much to her surprise, she found that the department was not the corrupt institution that been portrayed and decided to join. Her experiences as a firefighter give a rare view inside the world of firefighters, and this engaging book has been chosen a Book of the Month Club pick, a Today Show Top Ten Summer Read, and a popular selection for book clubs throughout the country.