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I Love a Fire Fighter : What the Family Needs to Know
Kirschman, Ellen, PhD
Guilford Publications / Softcover / 2004-09-01 / 1593850638
Relationships (Self Help) / Families and Parenting
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290 pages
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Patterned on the outstanding success of I Love a Cop, this is the first book of its kind written exclusively for fire fighters and their families. Challenging two-dimensional stereotypes, Dr. Ellen Kirschman portrays fire fighters as they really are: complex men and women doing one of the world's toughest jobs and trying to fit comfortably into two families-the one at the firehouse and the one at home. I Love a Fire Fighter takes us on a journey from stationhouse banter to a four-alarm blaze and harrowing ride with paramedics on the midnight shift. Along the way, Dr. Kirschman addresses occupational health and safety issues along with domestic concerns including unpredictable schedules, lack of communication, and anxiety. Vivid anecdotes and practical tips show families how they can pull together when job stress threatens to spill over onto home turf, and shed light on what spouses and partners can and can't do to help their mates, their children, and themselves. -- from the publisher

Critical Acclaim:

“Dr. Kirschman's book is a masterful integration of the challenges faced by fire fighter families and the solutions first-responder families can develop to meet these challenges. Her personal and professional experience makes this essential reading for all those in the fire fighter's support network.” --Janet L. Bachant, PhD, Founder and President, New York Disaster Counseling Coalition

“Dr. Ellen Kirschman has done it again. Just as I Love a Cop did for police families, this in-depth book brings the world of fire fighting to life. Dr. Kirschman provides unique advice about relationships and family life for those who protect our safety and those who love them. A 'must-read' for fire fighter families!” --John M. Violanti, PhD, School of Public Health and Health Professions, University at Buffalo-The State University of New York; retired police officer; and author of Police Suicide

“We often hear the term 'fire family,' but until now, no one has ever stopped to examine in depth what that term really means. Dr. Kirschman offers a unique perspective on the inner workings of the fire service culture and how it affects our personal relationships. This book should be mandatory reading for everyone entering the profession, for those responsible for leading contemporary fire departments, and for chaplains and other helping professionals. Insightful, intense, and immensely valuable.” --Fire Chief Ronny J. Coleman, MA, FIFireE, CFOD

Table of Contents:

Introduction
1. Beepers in Your Bedroom: The Givens and Realities of the Fire Service
2. Spillover: Managing the Relationship between Home and Work
3. Profiles: The Fire Fighter Personality
4. Climbing the Career Ladder: From Recruitment to Retirement
5. Emergency Medical Services: False Alarms and Frequent Fliers
6. Organizational Stress: Fractures in the Fire Service
7. Diversity
8. Injuries and Fatalities
9. Fitness, Health, and Safety
10. Trauma and Stress
11. Treating Traumatic Stress: Help for Individuals and Families
12. Fire Fighters in Hot Water: Alcoholism, Arson, Infidelity, and Divorce
13. Fire Fighting Couples
14. Getting Help
Epilogue

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