Bridging the Gap is the colourful story of the 300-year creation of the St. John’s Regional Fire Department. This extraordinary narrative mirrors the military and political history of a province that lived under the shadow of British rule until 1949. In the intervening years, fire-fighting was as essential as the police and military services in keeping St. John’s safe during times of war and peace. Donald C. Rose tells the vivid stories of devastating fires, heroic rescues, and the ingenious ways that new technology was used to save lives and institutions from blazing infernos. Meticulously researched and comprehensive in its detail, Bridging the Gap offers a fresh look at the history of a city through the eyes of its firefighters.