- Buried Alive With the Will to Survive – From Devastation to Inspiration
- Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination
- Putting the Spark in __________’s Fire (your organization’s name listed there)
- Teamwork Now More Than Ever
- Fire Programs
- Torrillo NYC Firefighter recalls Horror of 9/11
Joe Torrillo, FDNY Lt: Buried alive twice on September 11, 2001, this intelligent, funny, and now retired FDNY Lieutenant shares his incredible stories and strong messages that attendees will never forget. Joe was buried alive with a fractured skull and broken ribs…
Joe travels the world with a quest to make our country the “Re-United States of America,” resurrecting patriotism, trumpeting the men and women of the Armed Services, mentoring adolescents, and inspiring audiences of all sizes to embrace change and never give up on their dreams.
Joe’s both inspiring and high in content. His memorable programs are an excellent fit for any organization.
Joe’s speaking engagements end with a standing ovation, followed by a long line of attendees excited to meet him and shake his hand.
Sept 11th, 2001, is the day when the world stood still.
Buried, crushed, and bleeding beneath the tons of rubble of the South Tower, Joe wondered what life could be if given just one more day.
He was miraculously found alive by rescue workers with multiple fractures, a massive brain injury, and barely breathing. The light of day was something he always took for granted. But, unfortunately, within ten minutes of being rescued, Joe was buried again under the debris of the second collapse …the North Tower.
Joe now travels the world sharing his remarkable and inspirational story of survival. A natural and regular person, he shares his lessons of managing fear under the most horrible situations.
The lessons Joe learned on and after September 11, 2001, inspire attendees to thrive through change under any circumstance and to accept and handle unexpected stress and adversities – redirecting them with positive empowerment toward reaching their goals and dreams. Attitude and perseverance are everything.
• “You’ll never know your true strength until your weakest moment.”
• “Success is not luck – it is the intersection where preparation meets opportunity.”
• “Happiness is paying the price of building character and a good reputation.”
• “Bravery is the coward that escapes from inside of you.”
• “The first step of getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”
• “The best lessons in life often come from the bad and the wrong, for they are the ones from which you learn the most.”
• “Self-doubt is our worst enemy, for it seeks to compromise our ability to succeed.”
Fire Programs: Joe Torrillo presents programs across America to Fire Departments, Fire Associations, Government Agencies, and other groups associated with fire and fire safety.
Below are just a few of his programs.
A FEW OF JOE’S MOST REQUESTED FIRE PROGRAMS:
•Understanding and Assessing Life Safety in Buildings
•The Most Infamous Fires in the USA, and What We Should Have Learned
•Planning for High-Rise Fires
•Saving Lives thru Public Education
•The Making of the Fire Zone Learning Center
Understanding and Assessing Life Safety in Buildings
This presentation is necessary for all those in the fire service responsible for building inspection and life safety in their community, especially those with the title “AHJ “(The Authority that holds jurisdiction).
The first step in the process is becoming more familiar with different types of building construction, the laws and codes that govern them, and how they are occupied.
In New York City, 19 different occupancy groups, not much other than the rest of the country, have a propensity for significant loss of life due to fire. So the first thing that fire officials must believe and accept is that fire prevention is a partnership between the local firefighting companies and the owner of buildings.
The building owners are the essential partner in the partnership. They are the ones who know their buildings much better than anyone else.
The building owners or their managing agents are present before the fire starts and should have a vested interest in their investment. Firefighters ALWAYS arrive after the fact.
This presentation clearly defines the importance of categorizing “occupancy groups,” how we derive the differences, and how we allow people to occupy buildings and other structures. (note: structures are not necessarily buildings).
It would behoove your group to attend this presentation, where “construction classification” and life safety systems are described and identified. In addition, there will be an opportunity to form individual groups to brainstorm their ideas and knowledge regarding important factors that guide legitimate and effective life safety planning.