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Dennis Smith is a former firefighter, a writer and president of a company offering financial services to emergency services personnel. He is an advocate for firefighters in the United States. He served for 18 years as a firefighter with the New York City Fire Department.
Smith began his career as a firefighter in the New York Fire Department in 1963, and served in some of the city’s most active and dangerous fire districts. In 1972, Smith published Report from Engine Co. 82, a non-fictional account of life in the South Bronx firehouse - the world’s busiest - in which he served. It was a New York Times best seller, sold more than two million copies, and was translated into thirteen languages. In 1976, Smith founded Firehouse magazine, the largest circulating magazine for firefighters in the world. He sold Firehouse in 1991, but serves as founding editor.