Friday, September 13, 2019
The Heat Of The Moment
The Heat Of The Moment:
Life And Death Decision-Making From A Firefighter
By Sabrina Cohen-Hatton
Published by Doubleday, 2019
If you have ever wondered how someone becomes a firefighter, what motivates them, what inspires them, what scares them, what gives them nightmares, how they decide what they do during the course of their work and exactly *why* they make those decisions, you will enjoy this book.
If you wonder if joining the Fire Service is the career for you, you definitely need to read this book.....
Sabrina Cohen-Hatton's early life saw her homeless, desperately struggling to get by, find somewhere safe to live, to keep on with her education and selling The Big Issue to do so. She never gave up.
She joined the Fire Service, and worked her way up to become one of the most senior female firefighters in the UK, earning a PhD in Psychology as she did so, and revolutionising how her colleagues are encouraged, helped and trained to make the professional decisions which could cost them their own lives as well as the lives of those they are endeavouring to save.
This is a superb book, filled with stories of bravery, heroism, even occasional errors of judgement, but always described with honesty and compassion, looking at how training and decision-making can be improved both for the firefighters on the ground and those in management positions.
The tunnel still haunts my dreams.......