Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Fire Officer’s Library

Here‘s a selection of Six Fundamental Books related to the Company Officer that should be in every Fire Officer’s library. What!- don’t have a library?-then it’s never too late to start one.

In no special order or ranking here are six fundamental books that every aspiring, emerging, developing or veteren Fire Officer should read and have.

The Fire Officer Principles and Practices; Jones and Bartlett Learning HERE
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) are pleased to bring you the Second Edition of Fire Officer: Principles and Practice, a modern integrated teaching and learning system for the Fire Officer I and II levels. Fire officers need to know how to make the transition from fire fighter to leader. Fire Officer: Principles and Practice, Second Edition is designed to help fire fighters make a smooth transition to fire officer.

Fire and Emergency Services for the Company Officer; IFSTA HERE
The 4th edition of Fire and Emergency Services Company Officer provides emergency services personnel with information necessary to meet the JPRs of NFPA® 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications for level I and II fire officers. The manual presents information specific to the duties of first-line supervisors and midlevel managers.

The Chief Fire Officer’s Desk Reference; Jones and Bartlett Learning HERE
Just as firefighters rely upon proper gear and equipment to tackle a challenging task at hand, fire officers require reliable tools to help them make the right call when faced with a tough decision. Chief Fire Officer’s Desk Reference provides a ready reference on key topics for the modern fire chief, including tips and indispensable advice from some of the most respected members of the fire community. This comprehensive insider’s guide will help chief fire officers operate effectively and efficiently across an ever-increasing range of responsibilities, including operations, personnel and asset management, fire prevention and education, and much more.

The Company Officer; Delmar Cengage Learning HERE
Based on the 2009 Edition of NFPA 1021, STANDARD FOR FIRE OFFICER PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS, the third edition of Company Officer provides vital information for those who seek certification as Fire Officer I or II. Learning objectives in this new edition were validated by a committee of experts from the field to ensure that the content meets the intent of the Standard and highlights contents for each of these two officer levels. Content was thoroughly reviewed and updated to reflect new technology, practices, and terminology to remain current in the field as well as to focus on issues critical to the fire officer today – budgeting, labor management, legal implications of actions, and more. In the tradition of previous editions, Company Officer, Third Edition continues to provide valuable insight and advice for aspiring and current fire officers alike.

Achieving Excellence in the Fire Service; Brady Books HERE
To remain a viable public organization, fire departments must maintain a constant focus on quality. Chief Fire Officers must continually strive to improve their department’s service and cost effectiveness, while maintaining a level of excellence. Unique to this market, Achieving Excellence in the Fire Service is the only quality improvement resource developed specifically for fire service professionals. Integrating quality improvement principles into overall s management and administrative strategies, it provides comprehensive coverage from a history of system evaluation in the fire service, to quality management to strategic quality planning and much more.

The Fire Officer’s Handbook of Tactics; PennWell Books HERE
Modern firefighting is a continually evolving science. New technologies are constantly being applied to the fire service, both from within and without. In the latest edition of this perennial favorite, author John Norman examines these new technologies and how they affect fireground tactics. He also details the new role firefighters play in homeland security. What is offered here is a guide for the firefighter and the fire officer who, having learned the basic mechanics of the trade, are now looking for methods for handling specific situations.

These books are specific to a broad range of Fire Officer topical areas that each book contains and do represent the expansive range of both topical subjects or books available from the various publishers that address other specific functional operational areas such as strategy & tactics, safety, instructor, building construction, administration etc., that each fire officer should also have in their library.

More on those on a future post.
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1 comment:

  1. Chris, these are all excellent books, but what about the new Structure Firefighting tactics and Strategies by NFPA/Bartlett & Jones; and Fireground Strategies by Anthony Avilo/Pennwell Publishing. I can't recommend these two books enough.


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