Private Rooms Burning is a look at a controlled burn that the fire department of Marion County executed near my home in 2003. I worked for them as a volunteer for about six months, but pro-discrimination practices forced me to resign early. There was not enough time to put out very many fires, but plenty of time to burn the secret rooms of discrimination that we so love to build.
I speak of my experience during the introduction of the book followed by a thorough colorful photo documentation of a typical controlled burn commonly practiced by most fire departments. Sadly, I had to resign just a few months before laws passed protecting people like myself.
Although I miss being a fire fighter, I nostalgically and fondly remember my time there as “Firefighter Stone.”