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Fire Chief: The Story of a Volunteer Firefighter Paperback – June 5, 2011
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About the Author
Ed Daniels spent more than 14 years with Colorado’s Foothills Fire and Rescue as a firefighter, officer, board member and chief before he retired from firefighting. The author holds degrees in industrial engineering and psychology. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Highland Rescue Team Ambulance District in Colorado.
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It's helped me, too. Right now, I'm going through PPE/SCBA training similar to what Ed describes in chapter 2. Earlier this week, we trained in SCBA mazes. They're pitch dark (no flashlights allowed), about 3 feet high, and full of twists, vertical turns, and obstacles designed to hook your tank or otherwise entrap you. Often, you have to maneuver through the obstacles, knowing their shape only by feel through thick gloves, on your back or side. Put bluntly, they're designed to trigger claustrophobic panic. Entering the first time, I thought about Ed's story in chapter 2 of Evan Johnson, who panicked in an SCBA training (different circumstances, as you'll read), and I decided: that's not going to be me. I controlled my breathing, trusted my gear, and did it. By the third maze (which was now filled with smoke), I was leading a crew of three -- and we all made it, as a team.
So, I highly recommend Ed's book (and am very happy to hear he's working on a second).
great book! Perfect blend of action and adventure with a bit of dark humor and sometimes drama! I have to preface the rest of my review by the fact that I have known the author for 14 years and is a close friend, mentor and was my Chief for 4 years teaching me the skills I needed to become a Chief myself.
The incidents Ed references are as real today as when I experienced them as a member of the department for 4 years. It's almost like being back there again on the frozen interstate wondering how many cars were going to wreck before we could get to them all- or being at the "meadow gold" fire for 4 days as we investigated the origin and cause of the fire.
Ed recalls flawlessly the interwersonal dynamics of what happens in most volunteer fire departments- the sacrifices, the board and membership meetings and that Chiefs always have to make tough and sometimes unpopular decisions. But that all gets set aside when the Minitor pager goes off at 3am and you're off to save a life or perhaps remove an elk from the highway after it's been hit by 3-4 cars.
Cant wait for the sequel. This one has a tv series written all over it! Great job 501!
Well done Chief!