The fireman's world has traditionally been a private one: fire-fighters are the silent service, always playing down their image as heroes. Fireman have inspired writers and painters since the beginning of the last century, yet until recently any portrayal of their rescues has been a romanticised account, not documentary. This book is a comprehensive study of one fire station, its men, their lives and their work. Martin Lloyd-Elliott never outgrew his childhood fascination with the fire engines of Soho, and when, in 1992, he was assigned as a photojournalist to spend a week covering the Soho Fire Station (the biggest in Britain), it was the realisation of a dream. Since then he has ridden on more than 15,000 emergency calls with Soho firefighters, recording thier actions in words and photographs.