WINNER OF THE FLORIDA AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION SILVER MEDAL PRESIDENT'S AWARD IN MEMOIRS.
Desiring a meaningful, high-paced career in public service, Rachel Wentz left her university studies to become a firefighter/paramedic. Only the eighth woman hired by the Orlando Fire Department, a highly competitive department steeped in tradition, Wentz excelled, completing an AS in Fire Science, a master’s in public administration, and numerous specialized training courses to prepare her for an administrative position within the department. Wentz spent eleven years with OFD, enjoying a career that was every bit as exciting and challenging as she had sought.
A moving, candid, and eloquent memoir, Let Burn recounts her tenure as a firefighter/paramedic, when she saw aspects of life and death few people witness and encountered experiences that shaped her as a professional and as a person. From the rigorous demands of training to the extraordinary calls to which Wentz responded,
Let Burn not only details the gratifying aspects of the field but also demonstrates the precarious nature of the job: a heated altercation at the scene of an industrial fire leads to Wentz losing almost everything she’s worked for and the dramatic end of a storied career.
In vivid detail, Let Burn provides a firsthand glimpse into the hidden world of firefighting and emergency medicine.
For those of us who dreamed as a youngster of becoming part of the "world's noblest profession," Dr. Wentz shares an illuminating and candid portrayal of her personal experiences of what it's like to be a firefighter.
Let Burn is a fascinating journey into a reality few of us witness, except for when we pull over and stop for the wailing sirens behind us.
To become a professional hero is no easy job. "Let Burn: The Making and Breaking of a Firefighter/Paramedic" is a memoir from Rachel K. Wentz as she recounts her personal journey of entering the career of rescue in public service as a woman. The eighth woman to be hired by the Orlando Fire Department, she speaks on this male-dominated field and shows the mindset and training that has to come to succeed in this environment.
"Let Burn" is a must for any woman with aspirations to enter the career of rescue where even biology has them at a disadvantage.