What's in your library?
Just curious - what books are in your personal library of firefighting texts?
A couple off the top of my head (many are packed away-painting at home!) -
Building Construction for the Fire Service (2nd ed I think) - signed by Mr. Brannigan at Randalls' Island back in the 1990's....
Fire Officers' Handbook (also signed by author)
Report from Eng. Co #2
Arson Handbook (I think that is the title)
A couple of yearly reports of the FDNY from the 1960's
Pictoral History of Firefighting
That is just a start....
I still have most of the books I purchased for promotional exams.
The ones I refer to most often are...
- Building Construction for the Fire Service by the late Francis Brannigan
- Fire Officer's Handbook of Tactics by John Norman
- Strategic and Tactical Considerations for the Fireground by James Smith
- Safety And Survival on the Fireground by Vincent Dunn
- Collapse of Burning Buildings by Vincent Dunn
- IFSTA Inspection
- IFSTA Essentials of Firefighting
Last Men Out by Tom Downey
Firefighters: Stories of Survival from the Front Lines by Clint Willis
Fire by Sabistan Junger
The Fire Inside by Steve Delsohn
Braving the Flames by Peter Micheels
History of Firefighting by Dennis Smith
Report from Engine Company 82 by Dennis Smith
Blaze- The Forensics of Fire by Nicholas Faith
IFSTA Public Fire Educator
IFSTA Fire Service Instructor
more USFA pubed, JFS & other texts than I have time to type.
A couple I have on my book case at work -
Firefighters' Handbook (Delmar publishing)
Protecting Life and Property from Wildfire (NFPA publication, edited by James Smalley)
Planning for Wildfires (American Planning Association)
All kinds of text books from classes, WMD, Codes, etc etc etc....
And, an oldie but 'goodie' - The Blaster's Handbook, 16th ed - my Dad used this while working in NY on different projects.....
For those of you involved in wildfire (and those of you who aren't but are interested), these are must reads.
These are mostly analysis of the fires, but the storytelling of the authors makes it a very good read.
- Fire on the Mountain: The True Story of the South Canyon fire
- The Thirty Mile Fire: A Chronicle of Bravery and Betrayal
- Young Men and Fire
Will have to see if our Academy library has them for loan......thanks Chief!
Good thread... I'm gonna go back and reread these now.
Originally Posted by pasobuff
Fire on the Mountain: The True Story of the South Canyon fire
I had that one but I loaned it out and never saw it again. Good read.I admit I should probably have a few more technical texts, but the station libiary is very comprehensive, and all I need to do is walk a few feet to grab one.
On my Office Shelf:
Fire Officers Handbook of Tactics by John Norman
Kirk's Fire Investigation
Fire Stream Management by David Fornell
Building Construction for the Fire Service by Brannigan
Safety and Survival on the Fireground by Dunn
Responding to "Routine Emergencies" by Frank Montagna
Fire Service Pump Operator's Handbook by Warren Isman
Fire Chief's Handbook 5th Edition
Fire Command by Brunacini
Fireground Tactics by Emmanual Fried
Layin' the Big Lines by Paul Shapiro
Firefighting Principle and Practices by Clark
Those in bold were some of those required on FD promotional exams.
Fire Command by Brunacini
At last count, I had well over 250 books, mostly on fire apparatus (I consider myself an ameteur fire apparatus historian.) Any and every concievable kind of book on apparatus is in my collection. I think my two favorites are "The Encyclopedia of American LaFrance" by Dr. Robert Marvin (deceased) which I am listed in the second edition as a "contributor," and "FWD Fire Trucks" by Robert Gabrick.
I also have many texts, including code books, building construction, company officer books, hydraulics, inspections, etc etc etc.
I also have many of the "fun" books including all of Leo Stapleton's (all signed) and a rare first printing of "Report from Engine Company 82." Inside of this book, I keep a photo of me, standing in front of Engine Company 82 (and 31 Truck, of course!)
Building Construction for the Fire Service is a must have. I forgot what edition I have. Brannigan gave the fire service a lot with those books.
I had the pleasure of hearing him speak about building construction at a seminar at The Rock back in the 1990's - and was able meet/speak with him one-on-one and get my book signed.....same thing with John Norman.....those were some GOOD classes!
Originally Posted by nameless
Course Material and Text from almost everything I've ever taken. A quick glance over my shoulder shows:
1. Triumph and Tradition - Prince George's County Firefighting History
2. Pride and Ownership
3. North American Fire Engines
4. Last Man Down
5. Fighting Fire
7. Young Men and Fire
8. Fire on the Mountain
9. Common Sense Approach to Hazardous Materials
10. On Rope
11. Faces of Ground Zero
12. American Volunteer Fire Engines
14. A Season of Fire
15. Recruitment and Retention in the Volunteer Fire Service
16. Technical Rescue
17. Firefighters - (The huge "Coffee Table" Book from the NFFF)
That's one shelf............ There's more. Some of them are autographed by the Author, and there are Paperback and Hardback Copies of Fire on the Mountain. Our Younger Daughter gave me one for Christmas, not knowing that I had the other one...... :)
Last Man Down
Report from Engine Company 82
Layin' the Big Lines
History of Firefighting
Fire Stream Management
Aerial operator IFSTA
Set of old IFSTA Driver/OPs books before they combined into one.
Host of others can't think of right now
Truck Company Operations by John Mittendorf
I can't read.
I tried to hire Chuck Norris to make the books talk to me.
But all of them wound up on Pluto after a roundhouse kick for ignoring him.
Even the coloring books????
Originally Posted by JohnVBFD
I got some sweet sparky books you might like.
Can they talk?
Chuck doesn't rest until the terms of the contract are fullfilled.
Needless to say, I have voice activation on the computer so he doesn't kick that.
Fundamentals of Firefighter Skills 2nd Ed
Essentials of Firefighting (3rd, 4th, and 5th editions)
Vehicle Rescue by Harvey Grant
Vehicle Rescue and Extrication by Ron Moore
Vehicle Extrication: A Training Manual
AAOS EMT-B Book
AAOS EMT-I Book
AAOS Anatomy and Physiology for Paramedics
Incident Management for the Street Smart Fire Officer by John Coleman
Various Study Guides and Workbooks
Land Based Search and Rescue Techniques
Mountain Search and Rescue
Railway Tank Car Emergencies
Tanker Shuttle Operations
Emergency Vehicle Operations
etc, etc, etc