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Captain David Diamantes Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (ret.), served 25 years and as a Fire Captain II. He lives in Berryville, Virginia with his wife Bonnie and works as a fire protection and code consultant and author. In his spare time, he keeps honeybees and writes fiction.  David Diamantes is the author of Principles of Fire Prevention, Fire Prevention: Inspection and Code Enforcement and Dead Pen Pals.

According to the book description of Fire Prevention: Inspection and Code Enforcement, “The third edition of Fire Prevention: Inspection and Code Enforcement is updated to reflect the 2006 ICC and Uniform Fire Codes. This book features step-by-step explanations and practical examples of the use of model building and fire prevention codes, including detailed information on the legal, economic, and political aspects of the fire inspection process. A comprehensive guide to the "nuts and bolts" of actually inspecting and enforcing code, topics addressed include: right of entry, enforcement authority, the permit system, building limits and types of construction, and fire protection systems and their maintenance. Its convenient, 3-part format enables readers to progress logically from the study of code administration, inspection, and enforcement procedures. Ideal for use as a key component of any professional fire-inspector training program, this book also serves as an excellent reference for building and property maintenance inspectors.”

According to the book description of Principles of Fire Prevention, the second edition “is the ideal book to address our nation's efforts at fire prevention and the importance of reducing fire loss. Based on the National Fire Academy FESHE course for Fire Prevention, this book helps readers understand the value of fire prevention, protection and associated programs. This new edition focuses on recent fire events, important lessons learned, and how a strong fire prevention program can serve to mitigate the threat of fire. Current statistics, building codes and references to the 2009 Edition of NFPA Standard 1031 are reflected in this edition to ensure readers remain up to date. In addition, PRINCIPLES OF FIRE PREVENTION, 2E covers the elements of public education, plan review, inspection and investigation, as well as the logistics of staffing and financial management so that readers are fully prepared to lead a successful fire prevention program.”

According to the book description of Dead Pen Pals, “Ever visit websites you know you shouldn’t? Neil Hartley did. So did Darnell Harris. They both met Karin online and fell in love. She’s thirty, beautiful and in a bad marriage too. Only “Karin” is really a morbidly obese Internet conman named Duncan Weller who blackmails his victims. When Duncan Weller is brutally murdered, both men learn that every keystroke and mouse click leaves an indelible digital footprint. Detective Bugs Cameron’s honeybees swarm and terrorize his neighbors. A drop-dead gorgeous reporter tells him she has Multiple Sclerosis. She’s read about bee-sting therapy and wants to be stung, and she wants Bugs Cameron to do it. As Cameron juggles the investigation where Hartley, Harris, and Weller collide at every lead, bee venom isn’t the only chemistry that develops between Bugs and the reporter.”

About the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

According to their website, “The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department trains firefighters to provide a full complement of fire suppression, technical rescue, swift water rescue, hazardous materials, and emergency medical services, including basic and advanced life support and emergency medical transportation–it is a career and volunteer all hazards department. Since its humble beginning in July 1949, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department has evolved from ten skilled “drivers” to a complex agency responsible for meeting the emergency needs of over one million residents. Today, nearly 1,400 uniformed men and women operate from 37 fire and rescue stations strategically positioned throughout Fairfax County. Additionally, about 180 civilians provide key support functions from headquarters and other locations.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department operates on three separate 24-hour rotation shifts. Each shift is led by a Deputy Fire Chief. The county is separated geographically into seven battalions, each managed by a battalion management team of a Battalion Fire Chief and EMS Captain. Fire suppression personnel and paramedics work in tandem to ensure the highest level of safety and care possible for the residents of Fairfax County.”

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