Firefighters from the Heart: True Stories and Lessons Learned / Edition 1

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Welcome to the world of firefighting - the camaraderie, the challenges, the defeats, and the triumphs. Within these pages walk alongside firefighters and fire officers as they fight fires, face career-altering decisions, and learn critical lessons that forever change their perception on what it means to be a firefighter. Chicago Battalion Chief and 27-year service member Steve Chikerotis shares stories drawn from some of the most respected firefighters in the nation to convey valuable lessons on safety, risk management, education and awareness. Over 45 exciting short stories unfold each heart-pounding incident, promoting the development of crucial life-saving instincts and leadership skills as well as inviting readers to develop a sense of appreciation for the life of a firefighter.

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"These stories apply themselves to administration, training, and firefighting points. I can use this in just about any [firefighting] course... There is not one story that won't apply. Learning from these firefighters' experience is a great teaching tool." - M.B. Oliver, Director of Fire Science Technology, Midland College, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418014230
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 4/13/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,300,711
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Battalion Chief Steve Chikerotis is a 27 year member of the Chicago Fire Department & Local 2 International Firefighters Union Teacher in Fire Science Program at Harold Washington College. He has been a Fire Service Instructor for 17 years. Mr Chikerotis was a former Chief of Fire Academy Operations and Assistant Director of Training/Chicago Fire Department. He has been a safety Officer and Technical Advisor for several Motion Pictures & Television shows.

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Table of Contents

The Introduction chapter is followed by 45 short stories. Each short story is followed by a page or two of Authors notes/lessons learned. This area highlights the valuable lessons learned at each incident. Introduction. A Lot to Learn. Miracle Rescue: The Victim. Miracle Rescue: The Rescuer. Growing with the Changing Times. Saving Lives. Saving Lives: The Instructor. A Touch Decision. And I Thought Fighting Fires Was Hard Work….Prepare Your Troops For Battle. Your Partner Cant See. The Forum Restaurant Fire. To The Rescue. Good Smoke? A Close Call. The Chestnut Street High-Rise Fire. Sharing Experiences. A Noble Breed. A Case of Arson? Fitting In. Earning Respect. The Day That Changed My Life Forever. Not This Time! "Bring 'Em All Home" When Duty Calls. MayDay! Firefighters Down! Physical Fitness. Whatever Can Go Wrong. Communication and Accountability. Growing Up on the Job. The Unsung Hero. Living on the Edge. Not Always Pretty. Danger in Disguise. Losing My Way. Play Your Gut Feeling. Teamwork. Becoming a Student of the Game. Some Valuable Lessons. Hes Got a Gun! The Pentagon on 9/11. G.I. Jane. We Dont Always Win. Trapped in a Burning Stairway. Be Ready When Youre Called On. A Deadly Department Store Fire. For Love of My Father. Final Thoughts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2006


    These exciting stories made me feel like I was on the scene of each heart-pounding incident. It is very well written and contains many exciting stories. Some stories will make you laugh and other will make you cry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2006

    Firefighters From The Heart

    Excellent book that kept me on the edge of my seat. I have a whole new respect for this noble breed of human beings. Well written.

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