A Firefighter's Journal: Thirty-Seven Years on the Firegrounds and in the Firehouses of Philadelphia

A Firefighter's Journal: Thirty-Seven Years on the Firegrounds and in the Firehouses of Philadelphia

by Robert John Marchisello


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A blood-curdling scream pierces the thick black smoke. Somewhere in the darkness, a man is burning to death. Then the screams suddenly stop. Did he jump out of a window? Or did he succumb to the heat and smoke?

Those screams haunt Firefighter Robert Marchisello to this day. It's just one of the many revealing stories about battling blazes and numerous other dangers in America's fifth-largest city-home of the nation's first fire company-in this autobiography of his thirty-seven-year career with the Philadelphia Fire Department.

During his entire career Marchisello kept a journal detailing his experiences as well as his personal and professional challenges. His work offers rare insights into the unimaginable types of emergencies to which these men and women respond-from decomposing bodies to hazardous chemicals to deadly shootouts. Between calls sit in the firehouse and enjoy the pranks, banter, humor, and camaraderie firefighters share.

His vibrant writing lets you experience the adrenalin, the danger and yes, even the laughs of nearly four decades on the firegrounds, in the firehouses and everywhere in between. You'll never look at a passing fire engine the same way!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781976325281
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/08/2017
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 303,774
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robert John Marchisello spent thirty-seven years with the Philadelphia Fire Department. He received his associate's degree in fire science from Community College of Philadelphia. At Temple University, he earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in industrial hygiene. Marchisello retired as a deputy chief and now works as a hazardous materials instructor, consultant and for Delaware County, Pennsylvania, as a hazmat specialist.

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