Today we’re wishing a very happy publication day to Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, whose debut work of non-fiction, The Heat of the Moment - Life and Death Decision Making from a Firefighter is out today from Transworld, PRH.
In the face of urgency and uncertainty, would you respond analytically or trust your instincts? How would you decide who lives and who dies?
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. This is her astonishing account of a profession defined by the most difficult decisions imaginable.
Taking us to the very heart of firefighting, Sabrina uses her award-winning research to reveal 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.
Here is the truth about how we respond in our most extreme moments.