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Surviving the Firehouse
A Rookies Guide to "Surviving the Firehouse and Fire Department Life"
by Mauro Porcelli View author's profile page

Overview


Rookie mistakes can ruin anyone's career, especially a fireman's. Aspiring firefighters prepare for fire college coursework, train to improve fitness, graduate, but draw a blank at the next step. Where should they apply to work? Should they become a paramedic? How do they get along with other firefighters, especially those they don't like? What should they cook? What is expected of them? Unfortunately, no one takes the rookie aside to explain the previously unwritten guide on how to survive life in the firehouse. This book provides the subtle, and not so subtle, strategies every firefighter needs to succeed in this challenging career. It advises the rookie just trying to survive, as well as the career veteran who may be considering promotion or other career options. Don't make a mistake you will regret. Read this book. It offers the best guidance and career advice available for firefighters by someone who has been there. A must read.
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Description


Over the course of my twenty-five-year career as a firefighter, I noticed that many promising rookies and probationary year firefighters made mistakes that sent them into a tailspin, ending their careers. Most of the time, their mistakes weren't really their fault. I remember thinking that they would have made it if only they had had a mentor or someone to show them the ropes, show them how to avoid the pitfalls and errors that doomed their efforts. All rookies need someone to take them under their wing and guide them through the early years as a firefighter. Unfortunately, no one is, or ever was, assigned the role of mentor to new firefighters. This book solves that problem and fills in the gaps of a firefighter's training and preparation for life in the firehouse. As my own career developed, I took mental notes as well as written notes about areas where firefighters needed help adjusting to expectations, or help getting along with their peers, or standing their ground when confronted, or dealing with the various personalities in the firehouse. I sincerely believed I needed to give these people a shot at success by providing a guide on how to survive the difficult adjustment period they were experiencing. I knew that one day, I would do something about this problem, something like write a book. This book is the culmination of my years of note taking and problem-solving. It was many years in the making and covers the multiple areas firefighters encounter, particularly early in their careers. It will help the rookie as well as the mid-career professional make decisions about promotion, areas of work, financial judgment and investments, dinner time antics, recipes and cooking, and behavior towards co-workers. This book may help guarantee their success in problematic situations. This book was not written by an academic or someone who speculates about life on the streets. It was written by a firefighter paramedic who worked the streets in some of the roughest fire houses the fire department had to offer. It offers the most practical, realistic, specific, and helpful advice and tips available for any and all firefighters. I am confident that with this book, rookies will survive their first years on the job and enjoy their firefighter careers as much as I did. Good luck to you. I'd like to hear from readers who find guidance and support from these pages.
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About the author


Mauro Porcelli is a retired City of Orlando Firefighter/Paramedic with twenty-five years of fire service experience. He started his career with Marion County Fire/Rescue in 1988 where he advanced quickly through the ranks of Lieutenant and Captain. At twenty-three, Mauro was the youngest, highest ranking officer for a professional firefighter in the State of Florida, holding the rank of District Commander. He eventually left Marion County for the City of Orlando Fire Department from which he retired. Mauro is a highly decorated firefighter, receiving several commendations, including one from The United States Congress, Florida House of Representatives and Florida State Governor's office, and two years as Firefighter of the Year with commendations from the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mauro also received two medals of Distinction for Valor and Heroism in the line of duty. Mauro worked in some of the busiest stations and roughest neighborhoods in the state. His life long experience and "street cred" earned him the respect of his peers and professionals alike. During his career, he gave selflessly of his time to mentor rookies in the firehouse as well as others seeking his advice on how to succeed and advance in his beloved profession. His book grew out of this desire to help others as they "Survive the Firehouse" This book is a collection of his insights, foibles, pet peeves, overall wisdom and tips on how to make it as a firefighter.
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Book details

Genre:TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING

Subgenre:Fire Science

Language:English

Pages:200

Format:Paperback

eBook ISBN:9781543943610

Paperback ISBN:9781543943603


Overview


Rookie mistakes can ruin anyone's career, especially a fireman's. Aspiring firefighters prepare for fire college coursework, train to improve fitness, graduate, but draw a blank at the next step. Where should they apply to work? Should they become a paramedic? How do they get along with other firefighters, especially those they don't like? What should they cook? What is expected of them? Unfortunately, no one takes the rookie aside to explain the previously unwritten guide on how to survive life in the firehouse. This book provides the subtle, and not so subtle, strategies every firefighter needs to succeed in this challenging career. It advises the rookie just trying to survive, as well as the career veteran who may be considering promotion or other career options. Don't make a mistake you will regret. Read this book. It offers the best guidance and career advice available for firefighters by someone who has been there. A must read.

Read more

Description


Over the course of my twenty-five-year career as a firefighter, I noticed that many promising rookies and probationary year firefighters made mistakes that sent them into a tailspin, ending their careers. Most of the time, their mistakes weren't really their fault. I remember thinking that they would have made it if only they had had a mentor or someone to show them the ropes, show them how to avoid the pitfalls and errors that doomed their efforts. All rookies need someone to take them under their wing and guide them through the early years as a firefighter. Unfortunately, no one is, or ever was, assigned the role of mentor to new firefighters. This book solves that problem and fills in the gaps of a firefighter's training and preparation for life in the firehouse. As my own career developed, I took mental notes as well as written notes about areas where firefighters needed help adjusting to expectations, or help getting along with their peers, or standing their ground when confronted, or dealing with the various personalities in the firehouse. I sincerely believed I needed to give these people a shot at success by providing a guide on how to survive the difficult adjustment period they were experiencing. I knew that one day, I would do something about this problem, something like write a book. This book is the culmination of my years of note taking and problem-solving. It was many years in the making and covers the multiple areas firefighters encounter, particularly early in their careers. It will help the rookie as well as the mid-career professional make decisions about promotion, areas of work, financial judgment and investments, dinner time antics, recipes and cooking, and behavior towards co-workers. This book may help guarantee their success in problematic situations. This book was not written by an academic or someone who speculates about life on the streets. It was written by a firefighter paramedic who worked the streets in some of the roughest fire houses the fire department had to offer. It offers the most practical, realistic, specific, and helpful advice and tips available for any and all firefighters. I am confident that with this book, rookies will survive their first years on the job and enjoy their firefighter careers as much as I did. Good luck to you. I'd like to hear from readers who find guidance and support from these pages.

Read more

About the author


Mauro Porcelli is a retired City of Orlando Firefighter/Paramedic with twenty-five years of fire service experience. He started his career with Marion County Fire/Rescue in 1988 where he advanced quickly through the ranks of Lieutenant and Captain. At twenty-three, Mauro was the youngest, highest ranking officer for a professional firefighter in the State of Florida, holding the rank of District Commander. He eventually left Marion County for the City of Orlando Fire Department from which he retired. Mauro is a highly decorated firefighter, receiving several commendations, including one from The United States Congress, Florida House of Representatives and Florida State Governor's office, and two years as Firefighter of the Year with commendations from the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mauro also received two medals of Distinction for Valor and Heroism in the line of duty. Mauro worked in some of the busiest stations and roughest neighborhoods in the state. His life long experience and "street cred" earned him the respect of his peers and professionals alike. During his career, he gave selflessly of his time to mentor rookies in the firehouse as well as others seeking his advice on how to succeed and advance in his beloved profession. His book grew out of this desire to help others as they "Survive the Firehouse" This book is a collection of his insights, foibles, pet peeves, overall wisdom and tips on how to make it as a firefighter.
Read more

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