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

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

by Steve Chikerotis


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781418014230
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Publication date: 04/13/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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.

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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