Hot Zone: Memoir of a Professional Firefighter

Hot Zone: Memoir of a Professional Firefighter

by Christopher Teale Howes


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Hot Zone: Memoir of a Professional Firefighter by Christopher Teale Howes

This memoir is a riveting account of what it’s like to be a professional firefighter, from rookie to chief officer, over the course of a 31-year career. The anecdotes are funny, sad, and grim: all serve to educate readers about a profession that many dreamed about when they were children but would never pursue or truly understand. Chief Howes provides a better understanding of the profession and respect for the men and women who protect our communities by relating his own experiences as well as those of other firefighters in some of the busiest stations in the country.
The author is donating 10% of royalties to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, the nonprofit group dedicated to the development and expansion of programs to honor our fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786469604
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 09/26/2012
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 867,093
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Christopher Teale Howes is a retired district chief from the Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue in Florida. He lives in Armathwaite, Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Foreword Cortez Lawrence 1

Preface 3

Introduction 5

Part I Early Years: Rookie Firefighter and Driver Engineer

On the Job: Merry Christmas 9

1 Betwixt and Between 12

2 Then and Now 16

3 Early Training: Fire and EMT School 26

4 Captain Schnabel 34

5 Driver Engineer 39

6 Labor Relations 48

7 Country Jams and Unions 55

8 Banished to the Beach 62

Part II Middle Years: Lieutenant and Captain

On the Job: Little Blue Dress 67

9 Promotional Process 71

10 Sandalfoot Cove 76

11 Second Chance 81

12 Just Another Fire Alarm 85

13 Rescuing the Rescuers 89

14 Special Operations 94

15 Women in the Fire Service 103

16 Bill Rogers 119

Part III Later Years: Chief Officer

On the Job: Near Miss 125

17 Transition Process 131

18 Incident Management 137

19 Continuing Education 145

20 Tigers and Fire 157

21 Jimmy 163

22 Rookies 168

23 Unsung Heroes 173

24 Reflections 182

Glossary 195


A Palm Beach County Fire Control Districts 198

B Fire District Consolidation Memo 198

C Union Ballot 199

D PERC Letter, 1978 201

E Contract, October 1979 202

F First Country Jam Flyer 229

G Florida Firefighter Bill of Rights 230

H NIMS Management Model 231

I Graduation Speech 231

Chapter Notes 233

Bibliography 237

Index 239

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