RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Bombeiros (firefighters) in the U.S. have a very visible place in the public consciousness, especially since their rescue efforts in the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Firefighters hold a position of respect in society, children fantasize about their heroics, and it takes a special kind of courage to willingly do this job.
The most contemporary portrayal of the life and times of a firefighter is the popular FX TV series Rescue Me (surprisingly good). But even sensationalized, it is still a niche of society that few know much about, and . . .