The Fire Within is an expose of the lives of black firefighters in America that illustrates the trials and tribulations regularly faced in the fire service. Disparity of treatment exists among black and white firefighters in America, and this subtle form of racism is the motivating force that compelled retired Chief William “Spike” Jones to document the treatment of black firefighters in America.
From his childhood memories, college basketball career, and years spent as a firefighter, he has compiled a volume of incidents, situations, and actions regarding not only the disparity of treatment, but also the hate factor which saturates the fabric of American society. Retired Chief Jones possesses an abundance of experience and knowledge regarding the treatment of black firefighters not only in St. Louis, but nationwide. His professional resume is unbelievable; it’s a who’s-who in the firefighting world. This work provides a vivid picture of black firefighters in America and their determination to be treated with respect and dignity. Who else deserves more, if not those, who put their lives on the line on a daily basis to give the ultimate sacrifice, regardless of race or color?
About Retired Chief William “Spike” Jones
Retired Chief Jones has conducted more than 100 workshops and seminars across this country. The firefighters, captains, and chiefs who have attended his specialized sessions have been promoted in cities all over America, such as Birmingham, Chicago, Jackson, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and more. Retired Chief Jones is a Certified Assessor for the state of Illinois and President and CEO of Midwest Fire Investigative Services. He is also an instructor at the Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana