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.
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.
A Lot to Learn.
Miracle Rescue: The Victim.
Miracle Rescue: The Rescuer.
Growing with the Changing Times.
Saving Lives: The Instructor.
A Touch Decision.
And I Thought Fighting Fires Was Hard Work….
Prepare Your Troops For Battle.
Your Partner Can’t See.
The Forum Restaurant Fire.
To The Rescue.
A Close Call.
The Chestnut Street High-Rise Fire.
A Noble Breed.
A Case of Arson?
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.
Becoming a Student of the Game.
Some Valuable Lessons.
He’s Got a Gun! The Pentagon on 9/11.
We Don’t Always Win.
Trapped in a Burning Stairway.
Be Ready When You’re Called On.
A Deadly Department Store Fire.
For Love of My Father.