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    Default Fire Fighting Books

    I am currently a fire fighter in the US Air Force and have been in the fire service for just over two years and wish to get some more in depth education on fire fighting. I was wondering if anyone had any good books to read regarding fire fighting tactics, ventilation, search and rescue, pretty much anything fire related. Any input is valuable thank you!


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    Brannigans building construction is always a good start.
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    Air Management for the Fire Service, Officer's Handbook by Norman, Positive Pressure Ventilation for Fire Attack, Engine Co. 82, All Leo Stapleton books, and the best: Bshifter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by willardj View Post
    I am currently a fire fighter in the US Air Force and have been in the fire service for just over two years and wish to get some more in depth education on fire fighting. I was wondering if anyone had any good books to read regarding fire fighting tactics, ventilation, search and rescue, pretty much anything fire related. Any input is valuable thank you!
    Given what you're asking, I'd say John Norman's Fire Officer's Handbook of Tactics would be a great start. 26 years of this business and that's the one book I've found most valuable over time.

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    John Norman and Brannigan's. Those two books are the most essential after basic firefighter instruction.

    Read as much leadership material from OUTSIDE the fire department as you can. Military AND corporate leadership strategies are very important, even at the station level.

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    Fireground Tactics by Emmanuel Fried (Old book but still has valuanle info in it)

    Fire Stream Management by Dave Fornell (If you want to understand nozzles, fire streams, water movement, and fire attack, this is the book)

    IFSTA Essentials - In my mind the hardcore bible of the fire service
    Crazy, but that's how it goes
    Millions of people living as foes
    Maybe it's not too late
    To learn how to love, and forget how to hate

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    John Norman's book of Tactics, and my new personal favorite... Pride and Ownership by Rick Lasky. Reminds you of why you are doing what your doing in the Fire Service.
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    First, your local NCO academy, base library, and the internet have plenty of sources on leadership, take advantage of them. The fire service is similar to the military (as is the Air Force), and most of the leadership principles and traits will be applicable.

    Another plug for some of those already listed, and a few more:

    1. Report from E82-Smith
    2. Pride and Ownership-Lasky
    3. Tom Brennan's Random Thoughts
    4. Fire Officer's Handbook of Tactics-Norman
    5. Building Construction for the Fire Service-Brannigan
    6. First In, Last Out-John Salka
    7. Last Men Out-Tom Downey
    8. Anything written by Leo Stapleton
    9. Report from Ground Zero-Smith
    10. 3000 Degrees-Flynn
    11. The Fires-Joe Flood
    12. Braving the Flames-Micheels

    On leadership:
    13. The Peter Principle-Why Things Always Go Wrong-Peter and Hull
    14. On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and Peace -Grossman-the importance of training under pressure and mental preparation
    15. Leadership is an Art-Depree
    16. Rules and Tools for Leaders-Perry Smith

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