The Last Men Out

Life on the Edge at Rescue 2 Firehouse

Author: Tom Downey

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780805078442

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 4144

The nephew of the legendary Chief Ray Downey, late head of rescue operations of the FDNY, takes readers into the heart of one of the nation's most elite firehouses--New York's Rescue 2 unit--introducing the humor, camaraderie, and grit that make these men true American heroes. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

Report from Ground Zero

Author: Dennis Smith

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101213159

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 5974

The tragic events of September 11, 2001, forever altered the American landscape, both figuratively and literally. Immediately after the jets struck the twin towers of the World Trade Center, Dennis Smith, a former firefighter, reported to Manhattan’s Ladder Co. 16 to volunteer in the rescue efforts. In the weeks that followed, Smith was present on the front lines, attending to the wounded, sifting through the wreckage, and mourning with New York’s devastated fire and police departments. This is Smith’s vivid account of the rescue efforts by the fire and police departments and emergency medical teams as they rushed to face a disaster that would claim thousands of lives. Smith takes readers inside the minds and lives of the rescuers at Ground Zero as he shares stories about these heroic individuals and the effect their loss had on their families and their companies. “It is,” says Smith, “the real and living history of the worst day in America since Pearl Harbor.” Written with drama and urgency, Report from Ground Zero honors the men and women who—in America’s darkest hours—redefined our understanding of courage.

Report from Engine Co. 82

Author: Dennis Smith

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 9780759521421

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 1599

From his bawdy and brave fellow firefighters to the hopeful, hateful, beautiful and beleaguered residents of the poverty-stricken district where he works, Dennis Smith tells the story of a brutalising yet rewarding profession.


Their Lives in Their Own Words

Author: Dennis Smith

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 0307484904

Category: Law

Page: 352

View: 4732

An unforgettable journey through the daily lives of the brave men and women who have made saving lives their profession. Dennis Smith, author of Report from Engine Co. 82, traveled across the country talking to dozens of America’s firefighters to put together this powerful collection of their own descriptions of their most dramatic and intense experiences on the job. Their stories, compiled here, are timeless testimonies to the human capacity for heroism and nobility. Focusing on the most courageous firefighters, from those who have been decorated for heroism to those who have been seriously injured, Firefighters presents the extraordinarily rich and rugged voices of men and women who fight urban building fires, who battle sweeping forest fires, who perform emergency rescues, and who face extreme danger and risk as part of their everyday lives. Sometimes brave, sometimes funny, sometimes bittersweet or filled with anger, these voices combine to make Firefighters both a riveting adventure drama and a moving chronicle of American heroism at its finest. From the Trade Paperback edition.

First In, Last Out

Leadership Lessons from the New York Fire Department

Author: John Salka

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781591840688

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 222

View: 3593

A veteran FDNY firefighter describes the field-tested management strategies that help commanders lead teams into a raging fire, explaining how the fire department develops loyalty, trust, and grace under pressure and how such principles as "first in, last out" and "develop your people" can be adapted by leaders in any field of endeavor. Reprint.

So Others Might Live

Author: Terry Golway

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 9780465027415

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 2902

In the first history of the New York Fire Department--FDNY--in over sixty years, journalist Terry Golway weaves together stories of heroic firefighters and extraordinary fires to create a moving and original account of New York as seen through the eyes and actions of the city's firefighters. From the eighteenth century's most ambitious public-works project--the building of aqueducts from upstate to help control fires--to firefighter-turned-politician Boss Tweed's backroom politics, fire and firefighters have played an integral part in the life of New York. So Others Might Live also offers a new view of the building of modern urban America and the social turbulence of New York from the 1700s to the present day.

3000 Degrees

The True Story of a Deadly Fire and the Men Who Fought It

Author: Sean Flynn

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 0446555037

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 7437

The unforgettable and heartbreaking true story of the firemen who bravely fought "the perfect fire" is now in paperback.

When the Bronx Burned

Author: John J. Finucane

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780595428304

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

View: 5925

In the South Bronx during the 1960s and 70s, unscrupulous landlords and their torch-men set in motion a murderous wave of arson-for-profit, driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes and injuring, maiming, and killing thousands more-including firefighters. Yet New York's mayor consistently refuses to give the fire department the manpower it needs to investigate the arson, and thousands of suspicious fires go uninvestigated. Jackie Mulligan and his brother firefighters stand up to the heartless evil of the slumlords by demanding that the mayor take action. But when the mayor refuses, Mulligan and his men take a stand against the arsonists, putting their jobs-and their lives-on the line. For Mulligan, the fight has become personal. And there will be only one winner. " John Finucane has written a riveting and fast moving novel Not only does he nail the drama in a way only an experienced firefighter can, he literally puts the reader inside the fire scene Reading John Finucane's comprehensive description brought back memories of my admiration for firefighters everywhere." -Charles J. Hynes Kings County District Attorney Former Fire Commissioner of NYC Author of first novel, Triple Homicide "For twenty years John Finucane breathed the acrid smoke, hauled the heavy hoses, and climbed the telescoping ladders for New York City's heroic fire department. He now writes about it from the gut-with verve, power, and poignancy. This is a fireman's fireman, pulling no punches and telling the story of a firefighter in New York's grittiest neighborhoods during the turbulent 1960s and 70s." -Roger D. McGrath, Ph.D. Author, Gunfighters, Highwaymen & Vigilantes Featured Commentator on the History Channel

The Rescue Company

Author: Ray Downey

Publisher: Fire Engineering Books

ISBN: 091221225X

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 328

View: 9483

Part I: Getting started - the rescue company and its people What resue is about Recruiting and staffing Rescue apparatus Tools and equipment State-of-the-art equipment Training Part II: Rescue incidents Impalement Operating on air Buried victims Elevators Airbags Utilizing the rescue company Water rescue teams Confined space Vehicle accidents Part III: Operations and planning Rescue operational plan Rope and rigging Treating victims Concrete Planning for major operations.

Working Fire

The Making of a Fireman

Author: Zac Unger

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780143034957

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 262

View: 3885

The author chronicles his journey from Ivy League graduate to dedicated firefighter and paramedic, discussing his training, the moments of triumph and tragedy, the harrowing and hilarious calls, and his passion for his work.

B-Shifter: A Firefighter's Memoir

Author: Nick Brunacini

Publisher: Across the Street Prod.

ISBN: 9780974753461

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 152

View: 6013

Brunacini makes the observation that fire departments more closely resemble cults or severely dysfunctional families than a regular workforce. He brings the reader into the closed world of fire station life and the wide range of personalities that a fire station houses.

Last Man Down

A Firefighter's Story of Survival and Escape from the World Trade Center

Author: Richard Picciotto,Daniel Paisner

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101220757

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 6897

A first responder’s harrowing account of 9/11—the true story of an American hero who gave nearly everything for others during one of New York City’s darkest hours. On September 11, 2001, FDNY Battalion Chief Richard “Pitch” Picciotto answered the call heard around the world. In minutes he was at Ground Zero of the worst terrorist attack on American soil, as the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center began to burn—and then to buckle. A veteran of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, Picciotto was eerily familiar with the inside of the North Tower. And it was there that he concentrated his rescue efforts. It was in its smoky stairwells where he heard and felt the South Tower collapse. Where he made the call for firemen and rescue workers to evacuate, while he stayed behind with a skeleton team of men to help evacuate a group of disabled and infirm civilians. And it was in the rubble of the North Tower where Picciotto found himself buried—for more than four hours after the building's collapse.


Author: David Halberstam

Publisher: Hyperion

ISBN: 1401305229

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

View: 5736

“If you have tears, prepare to shed them.” --Frank McCourt "In the firehouse, the men not only live and eat with each other, they play sports together, go off to drink together, help repair one another's houses, and, most important, share terrifying risks; their loyalties to each other must, by the demands of the dangers they face, be instinctive and absolute." So writes David Halberstam, one of America’s most distinguished reporters and historians, in this stunning New York Times bestselling book about Engine 40, Ladder 35, located on the West Side of Manhattan near Lincoln Center. On the morning of September 11, 2001, two rigs carrying thirteen men set out from this firehouse: twelve of them would never return. Firehouse takes us to the epicenter of the tragedy. Through the kind of intimate portraits that are Halberstam’s trademark, we watch the day unfold--the men called to duty while their families wait anxiously for news of them. In addition, we come to understand the culture of the firehouse itself: why gifted men do this; why, in so many instances, they are eager to follow in their fathers’ footsteps and serve in so dangerous a profession; and why, more than anything else, it is not just a job, but a calling. This is journalism-as-history at its best, the story of what happens when one small institution gets caught in an apocalyptic day. Firehouse is a book that will move readers as few others have in our time.

The New Firefighter's Cookbook

Author: John Sineno

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684818590

Category: Cooking

Page: 256

View: 9992

Shares recipes from the kitchens of firefighting chefs of the New York City Fire Department, including appetizers, soups, main courses, vegetable, side dishes, breads, and desserts

Fahrenheit 451

A Novel

Author: Ray Bradbury

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451673310

Category: Fiction

Page: 159

View: 896

A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners, Guy Montag, suddenly realizes their merit.

Bagpipe Brothers

The FDNY Band's True Story of Tragedy, Mourning, and Recovery

Author: Kerry Sheridan

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813533964

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 247

View: 6838

The story of four firefighters in New York City's Emerald Society Bagpipe Band is told in this book of strong men dealing with the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks, from searching for the dead and coping with funerals, to bringing peace to themselves.

Tools of the Trade

Firefighting Hand Tools and Their Use

Author: Richard A. Fritz

Publisher: PennWell Books

ISBN: 9780912212623

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 177

View: 9511

Each day, firefighters throughout the country use numerous tools. Without the knowledge of how and when to use these tools. Without the knowledge of how and when to use these tools, they become ineffective and a waste of space on the apparatus. Contents: Introduction Cutting tools Prying tools Striking tools Pole Personal tools Several-in-one tools Tools Maintenance Tool combinations Tool on fire apparatus.

Life Stories

A Guide to Reading Interests in Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Diaries

Author: Maureen O'Connor

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1591585279

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 723

View: 663

Memoirs, autobiographies, and diaries represent the most personal and most intimate of genres, as well as one of the most abundant and popular. Gain new understanding and better serve your readers with this detailed genre guide to nearly 700 titles that also includes notes on more than 2,800 read-alike and other related titles. * A list of subjects and suggested "read-alikes" accompany each title * Appendixes cover awards, websites, and resources * Detailed indexes provide further points of access

38 Years a Detroit Firefighter's Story

Author: Bob Dombrowski

Publisher: Page Publishing Inc

ISBN: 1628384174

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 234

View: 5431

Decorated firefighter and true-blue Detroiter Bob Dombrowski risked life and limb saving lives for as long as he could remember. Born and raised on the west side of Detroit, Bob narrates an engrossing account of his illustrious firefighting career, from being a trial man to retiring as senior chief. He also gives a vivid description of Motor City in its glory days and the events that led to its recent state. See major historical events such as the 1967 Detroit riot and September 11 attacks through his eyes, and be a witness to a truly inspiring thirty-eight-year career.