Vancouver’s Bravest -120 Years of Firefighting History. By: Alex Matches, retired Battalion Chief Vancouver Fire Department. In 1911, the Vancouver Fire Department was rated one of the worlds best. This is a story of the men and women who helped develop this fire/rescue service into one of North America’s finest. Battalion Chief Matches has accomplished a well-researched and comprehensive history of the Vancouver department. This book will inform you about the many challenges the Vancouver City firefighters have had to face – challenges which have often taken at great personal risk. There is a vast collection of rare photographs and well-told narratives tracing the city’s growth from the early hand-drawn equipment to the powerful apparatus of today. A must read by any and all firefighters. Mostly B&W photos plus numerous pages of a rich selection of recent color photos. Softbound. Pgs. 352. Book measures 8 ½” wide X 11″ high.