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    Smile I know most of you crustys like to read...

    I know most of you crustys like to read, so what are some of your favorite firefighting books. My personal faves are: "Report from Ground Zero" and "Firefighters: Thier Lives in Thier Own Words", both by Dennis Smith. I am also currently reading "Steely Blue" by DS as well. If there are any good ones that you are willing to share with everyone else, please share!
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    IFSTA Essentials volume 4, try reading it, you might learn something.

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    Faces from Ground Zero From Time Life, is good.

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    My personal favorite out of the books i've read has to be 20,000 Alarms.

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    Anything by Leo Stapleton. I have been keeping up with "Donald" for years.

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    Can't mention Dennis Smith without mentioning Report From Engine Company 82; for my money it is the quintessential story of firefighting in urban America. Thirty years later I still think it's one of the best books I've ever read.
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    A couple of my favorite's are 3000 Degrees, The Last Men Out along with any book by Dennis Smith. Another good book is Responding to Routine Emergencies.

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    Last Man Down by Richard Picciotto
    First in, Last out by John Salka
    Jumping Fire by Murray Taylor
    Working Fire by Zac Unger
    Paramedic by Peter Canning
    Fireplay by Susan Chazin
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    IFSTA manual?

    I read the Jones & Bartlett Fundalmentals of Firefighter Skills. I'm a bit tired of cartoons.

    Bookwise...not completely fire related, but gives insight as to things we deal with and incident stress at the times its happening and why we might not be able to function as well when we need fine and complex motor control:

    On Combat by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman (Ret.)

    On Killing by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman (Ret.)

    Also excellent insight into today's society and school shootings which he is a fore runner on techniques used by critical incident stress teams.

    Collapse of Burning Buildings by Vincent Dunn...a must read by all firefighters and especially fire officers.

    Responding to Routine Emergencies by Frank Montagna.

    I don't know where many of you get your books but the faculty-student associaton bookstore located at the NY State Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls, NY has a huge on hand supply. If its in stock they often ship same day with free shipping and offer 5 to 7 1/2 % discounts by certain publishers. This isn't run by NY State, but the fire academy faculty-student association.

    www.fireacademyfsa.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALSfirefighter View Post
    IFSTA manual?

    I read the Jones & Bartlett Fundalmentals of Firefighter Skills. I'm a bit tired of cartoons.

    Bookwise...not completely fire related, but gives insight as to things we deal with and incident stress at the times its happening and why we might not be able to function as well when we need fine and complex motor control:

    On Combat by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman (Ret.)

    On Killing by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman (Ret.)

    Also excellent insight into today's society and school shootings which he is a fore runner on techniques used by critical incident stress teams.

    Collapse of Burning Buildings by Vincent Dunn...a must read by all firefighters and especially fire officers.

    Responding to Routine Emergencies by Frank Montagna.

    I don't know where many of you get your books but the faculty-student associaton bookstore located at the NY State Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls, NY has a huge on hand supply. If its in stock they often ship same day with free shipping and offer 5 to 7 1/2 % discounts by certain publishers. This isn't run by NY State, but the fire academy faculty-student association.

    www.fireacademyfsa.com

    phone numbers are listed on the site.

    Small world... my son is working as a graphic arts/media specialist at Jones and Bartlett.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark440 View Post
    IFSTA Essentials volume 4, try reading it, you might learn something.

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    I actually have that down stairs and i've learned allot from it.

    I just finished report from ground zero and it was amazing.

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    I actually was writing a book but then I got bored and quit....

    I like the one by Zac Unger... something about the making of an Accidental Firemen


    off topic... i'm writing one about a German U-boat commander and its going pretty well but then I got bored with it too

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    I wait for the book to become a video.....

    Haven't seen the IFSTA video yet, but will sleep through that too....


    Actually just read 3000 Degrees...quite the book. It hit home, especially after going through our own LODD in August.

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    Haven't seen the IFSTA video yet, but will sleep through that too....

    if u cant sleep through that video... something is wrong with you

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    I can't read but I like looking at the all the pictures!
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    Vertical Burn by Earl Emerson is a good book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark440 View Post
    IFSTA Essentials volume 4, try reading it, you might learn something.

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    lol I did that when I first joined..


    I was just thinking about this earlier today while sitting in the library.. But it's pretty freakin' small so i'm not too sure if i'll find any of these there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeayotaSoupra View Post
    lol I did that when I first joined..


    I was just thinking about this earlier today while sitting in the library.. But it's pretty freakin' small so i'm not too sure if i'll find any of these there.

    Well if your talking about the station library and no IFSTA manuals.....ummm...just read a Field and Stream instead.

    Just substitute the following:

    Gun...means...firehose
    Deer...means...fire
    Tree Stand...means...station
    fishing...means...water rescue
    boat...still means boat

    ahh...you get the picture.

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    On The Shelves of Harve's Library........

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    2. Fire on the Mountain
    3. Faces of Ground Zero
    4. 20,000 Alarms
    5. Report From Engine Co. 82
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    lol we don't have a library here.. I was talking about the itty bitty town's library that I live in. I should actually go to the one here that the FD is in.

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    I have recently read:

    To Sleep with the Angels, the story of the Chicago school fire.
    Triangle, the story of the Triangle Waist Co fire
    Curse of the Narrows, the story of the Halifax explosion

    All great books. Got them all at Amazon for about 30 bucks total. Learned a lot about fire behavior in the first two. Definite recommended reading.
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    "How to drive a support vehicle"

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    Ok seriously, anything by Downey, Salka, Dunn, and Stapelton and some others.

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