Report from Engine Co. 82

Author: Dennis Smith

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 9780759521421

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 777

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.

Report from Engine Co. 82

Author: Dennis Smith

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0759521425

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 1187

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.

Report from Ground Zero

Author: Dennis Smith

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780452283954

Category: Political Science

Page: 377

View: 719

In a tribute to the fallen heroes of September 11, 2001, a former firefighter provides an eyewitness record of events at Ground Zero and the extraordinary efforts of police, fire, and emergency medical teams.


Author: Jill Freedman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780385115858

Category: Political Science

Page: 144

View: 4699

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: 2147

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.


Their Lives in Their Own Words

Author: Dennis Smith

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 0307484904

Category: Law

Page: 352

View: 9335

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.

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: 4898

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.

A Song for Mary: An Irish-American Memory

Author: Dennis Smith

Publisher: New Word City

ISBN: 1640190902

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 725

View: 1651

Growing up in the rough-and-tumble streets of New York City in the 1940s and 50s, Dennis Smith was a dirt-poor, Irish-Catholic without a father. Told in a first-person narrative, this powerful odyssey depicts a young man's coming of age in a confusing world.

A Decade of Hope

Stories of Grief and Endurance from 9/11 Families and Friends

Author: Dennis Smith

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101543515

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 4400

On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, a portrait of tragedy, survival, and healing from the author of The New York Times bestseller Report from Ground Zero. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, an occasion that is sure to be observed around the world. But among the memorials, political speeches, and news editorials, the most pressing consideration- and often the most overlooked-is the lives and well-being of the 9/11 first responders, their families, and the victims' families over the past decade. Dennis Smith, a former firefighter and the author of the bestselling Report from Ground Zero, addresses this important topic in a series of interviews with the heroes and families of those most affected by the tragedy either through feats of bravery in the rescue efforts or heroic bearing up in the face of unimaginable loss. Smith provides an intimate look at a terrible moment in history and its challenging and difficult aftermath, allowing these survivors to share their stories of loss, endurance, and resilience in their own words. A Decade of Hope is an honest and vitally important look at a decade in the lives of those for whom a national tragedy was a devastatingly personal ordeal.

B-Shifter: A Firefighter's Memoir

Author: Nick Brunacini

Publisher: Across the Street Prod.

ISBN: 9780974753461

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 152

View: 9997

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.

When the Bronx Burned

Author: John J. Finucane

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780595428304

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

View: 8094

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

San Francisco Is Burning

The Untold Story of the 1906 Earthquake and Fires

Author: Dennis Smith

Publisher: Plume Books

ISBN: 9780452287594

Category: History

Page: 294

View: 9813

A detailed account of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake reveals how hasty and corrupt construction practices made the city more vulnerable to damage and relates the experiences of such survivors as a naval officer who helped save the city's piers and wharves, unscrupulous mayor Eugene Schmitz, and erudite city boss Abe Ruef. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.

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: 2201

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.

38 Years a Detroit Firefighter's Story

Author: Bob Dombrowski

Publisher: Page Publishing Inc

ISBN: 1628384174

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 234

View: 5557

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.

The 9/11 Commission Report

Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

Author: N.A

Publisher: Government Printing Office

ISBN: 0160891809

Category: Political Science

Page: 587

View: 9164

This edition has been designated as the only official U.S. Government edition of the 9-11 Commission’s Final Report. It provides a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks. It also includes recommendations designed to guard against future attacks.

The Engine 2 Diet

The Texas Firefighter's 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds

Author: Rip Esselstyn

Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style

ISBN: 9780446543682

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 288

View: 5747

Lose weight, lower cholesterol, significantly reduce the risk of disease, and become physically fit--in just 4 weeks. Professional athlete-turned-firefighter Rip Esselstyn is used to responding to emergencies. So, when he learned that some of his fellow Engine 2 firefighters in Austin, TX, were in dire physical condition-several had dangerously high cholesterol levels (the highest was 344!)-he sprang into action and created a life-saving plan for the firehouse. By following Rip's program, everyone lost weight (some more than 20 lbs.), lowered their cholesterol (Mr. 344's dropped to 196), and improved their overall health. Now, Rip outlines his proven plan in this book. With Rip as your expert coach and motivator, you'll transform your body and lifestyle in a month. His plant-powered eating plan is based on a diet of whole foods, including whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds. This invaluable guide features: **Dozens of easy, mouthwatering recipes-from pancakes to pizza, Tex-Mex favorites to knockout chocolate desserts-that will keep you looking forward to every bite **Pantry-stocking tips will take the panic out of inevitable cravings and on-the-fly meals **Guidelines on menu choices that will allow you to eat out, wherever and whenever you want **Rip's simple, firefighter-inspired exercise program that will boost your metabolism and melt your fat away. Medically approved, easy-to-follow, and amazingly effective, this diet is designed for anyone who wants to make heroic strides in his or her health, weight, and well-being-all without heroic effort. "Want to be as strong as a Texas firefighter? Or as healthy as a professional triathlete? Then follow the wonderful advice of Rip Esselstyn, who is both. His book can save your life--whether you're a man or a woman. Highly recommended!" -Dean Ornish, M.D., Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Clinical Professor of Medicine, U of California SF, author, Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease

The Fires

How a Computer Formula, Big Ideas, and the Best of Intentions Burned Down New York City--and Determined the Future of Cities

Author: Joe Flood

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101187204

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

View: 922

New York City, 1968. The RAND Corporation had presented an alluring proposal to a city on the brink of economic collapse: Using RAND's computer models, which had been successfully implemented in high-level military operations, the city could save millions of dollars by establishing more efficient public services. The RAND boys were the best and brightest, and bore all the sheen of modern American success. New York City, on the other hand, seemed old-fashioned, insular, and corrupt-and the new mayor was eager for outside help, especially something as innovative and infallible as "computer modeling." A deal was struck: RAND would begin its first major civilian effort with the FDNY. Over the next decade-a time New York City firefighters would refer to as "The War Years"-a series of fires swept through the South Bronx, the Lower East Side, Harlem, and Brooklyn, gutting whole neighborhoods, killing more than two thousand people and displacing hundreds of thousands. Conventional wisdom would blame arson, but these fires were the result of something altogether different: the intentional withdrawal of fire protection from the city's poorest neighborhoods-all based on RAND's computer modeling systems. Despite the disastrous consequences, New York City in the 1970s set the template for how a modern city functions-both literally, as RAND sold its computer models to cities across the country, and systematically, as a new wave of technocratic decision-making took hold, which persists to this day. In The Fires, Joe Flood provides an X-ray of these inner workings, using the dramatic story of a pair of mayors, an ambitious fire commissioner, and an even more ambitious think tank to illuminate the patterns and formulas that are now inextricably woven into the very fabric of contemporary urban life. The Fires is a must read for anyone curious about how a modern city works.

So Others Might Live

Author: Terry Golway

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 9780465027415

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 1558

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.