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The Heat of the Moment: A Firefighter's Stories of Life and Death Decisions [9780857525765]

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Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton has been a firefighter for eighteen years.

She decides which of her colleagues rush into a burning building and how they confront the blaze. She makes the call to evacuate if she believes the options have been exhausted or that the situation has escalated beyond hope. She has managed emergencies that have shocked us and moved us, and made decisions that seem impossible.

Taking us to the very heart of firefighting, she reveals the skills and qualities that are essential to surviving - and even thriving - in such a fast-paced and emotionally-charged environment.

And she immerses us in this extraordinary world; from scenes of devastation and crisis, through triumphs of bravery, to the quieter moments when these assumed heroes question themselves, their choices, and decisions made in the most unforgiving circumstances.

Ultimately, we are asked to step into their boots. In the face of urgency and uncertainty, would you respond analytically or trust your instincts?

How would you decide who lives and who dies? Sabrina's award-winning research into decision-making in the emergency services has transformed policy at a global level.

This is her astonishing account of a profession defined by the most difficult decisions imaginable and by overwhelmingly challenging situations.

Honest, eloquent and empowering, here is the truth about how we respond in our most extreme moments.


AUTHOR: Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton has been a firefighter since she was eighteen years old. She is now Deputy Assistant Commissioner for London Fire Brigade and one of the most senior female firefighters in the UK. After leaving home at fifteen and school at sixteen, she joined the fire service in Wales. While climbing the ranks, she studied at the Open University and then at Cardiff University, eventually completing a PhD in Psychology. She has won awards for her research into incident command in the emergency services and has presented her findings across the world. She was recently conferred as an Honorary Fellow at Cardiff University. She lives with her husband and daughter in London.

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