'[One of] the wonder women of our emergency services' Glamour'An inspirational woman' Good HousekeepingDr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton has been a firefighter for eighteen years. from scenes of devastation and crisis, through triumphs of bravery, to the quieter moments when she questions herself and the decisions made in the most unforgiving circumstances.
' One of the wonder women of our emergency services' Glamour
'An inspirational woman' Good Housekeeping
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 and moved us all, and made decisions that seem impossible.
Taking us to the very heart of firefighting, she reveals the skills 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 she questions herself and the decisions made in the most unforgiving circumstances. Ultimately, we are asked to step into her 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. Honest, eloquent and empowering, here is the truth about how we respond in our most extreme moments.
Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton has been a firefighter since she was eighteen years old. She is now a Chief Fire Officer 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. Her subsequent research into incident command in the emergency services has not only won awards but has also influenced policy at a global level. Sabrina was recently conferred as an Honorary Fellow at Cardiff University.
She lives with her husband and daughter in London.
"An inspirational memoir from an extraordinary woman. The Heat of the Moment does for the fire service what Adam Kay's This Is Going to Hurt did for the NHS. A humbling, jaw-dropping read which redefines what is possible in life" Viv Groskop "Gripping, heart-stopping and profoundly reassuring. Thank heavens for such courage." Sue Black, author of All That Remains "A vivid reminder of the horrors that firefighters face daily - and the debt of gratitude society owes them . . . This book challenges assumptions about who firefighters are, and about what women can do." The Guardian "[One of] the wonder women of our emergency services" Glamour "An immersive insight into a job which few of us could do, by a woman whose award-winning research into decision-making in the emergency services has transformed policy at a global level." Stylist
Short-listed for National Diversity Awards 2019 (UK)
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