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    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....


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    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
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    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 5
    IFSTA Public Fire Educator
    IFSTA Fire Service Instructor
    IFSTA Wildland
    more USFA pubed, JFS & other texts than I have time to type.

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    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.....

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    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.

    John Maclean
    - Fire on the Mountain: The True Story of the South Canyon fire
    - The Thirty Mile Fire: A Chronicle of Bravery and Betrayal

    Norman Maclean
    - Young Men and Fire
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    Will have to see if our Academy library has them for loan......thanks Chief!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pasobuff View Post
    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.
    I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.

    "The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list."

    "When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water."

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    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.

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    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.

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    Fire Command by Brunacini

    Heratic!!!!!

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    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!)
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nameless View Post
    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!

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    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
    6. 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
    13. Firehouse
    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......
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    Last Man Down
    Firehouse
    3000 degrees
    Report from Engine Company 82
    Layin' the Big Lines
    History of Firefighting
    Fire Stream Management
    Hi-rise Firefighting
    Driver/Pump IFSTA
    Aerial operator IFSTA
    Set of old IFSTA Driver/OPs books before they combined into one.

    Host of others can't think of right now

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    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.

    So none.
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    'The fire went out and nobody got hurt' is a poor excuse for a fireground critique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnVBFD View Post
    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.

    So none.
    Even the coloring books????

    I got some sweet sparky books you might like.

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    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.
    Co 11
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    Amateurs practice until they get it right; professionals practice until they cannot get it wrong. Which one are you?

    'The fire went out and nobody got hurt' is a poor excuse for a fireground critique.

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    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
    HAZMAT
    Technical Rescue
    Shipboard Firefighting
    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
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