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    Several of the respected members of the forums here at Firehouse have told me that I need to get some books and start reading up.

    I was just curious as to what books you laides and gentlemen would suggest that I start to get. Remember that I am fairly new to the service and that I haven't been to school yet. Thank you for any help that you may be able to give me.
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    Essentials of Firefighting!

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    Firefighter's Handbook - Delmar
    Essentials - IFSTA
    Fire Stream Management Handbook - David Fornell - Fire Engineering
    Fireground Tactics - Emanual Fried
    Building Construction for the Fire Service - Francis Brannigan - NFPA

    That should get you started

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    -Firefighting Tactics-Emanual Fried (A Classic text.)
    -Firefighting Principles and Practices-William Clark
    -RESPONDING TO "ROUTINE" EMERGENCIES-Frank C. Montagna
    -Fire Officers Handbook of Tactics-John Norman (although the book seems to be targeted at officers, it is an excellent source of info for the firefighter as well.)
    -TRUCK COMPANY OPERATIONS-John Mittendorf
    -SAFETY & SURVIVAL ON THE FIREGROUND-Vincent Dunn
    -Building Construction for the Fire Service-Francis Brannigan
    -COLLAPSE OF BURNING BUILDINGS A Guide to Fireground Safety-Vincent Dunn


    All of these are excellent texts. Also some good reading on contemporary firefighting. Go to www.fdtraining.com
    and www.firenuggets.com

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    You dont need to spend any money really. Id recommend you get two things. One is Essentials, you should be able to get this at your local library. This will teach you the very basics, hose rolls, etc...
    After that read these FDNY SOP's on this website http://www.sageauthoring.com/fdny/fdny1.html#Ladder

    Most of what u read in books are from what guys from FDNY have said before and what fdny guys say mostly comes from their SOPS, so if u want to save time and money go straight to the source. Ladders 3 (tenements) & Ladders 4 (private dwelllings) is pretty much everything u need to know to be a good truckie and their eng sops will give you very good info for that as well, thats all you need.

    So essentials at the library and fdny sops on the net, its the best info and its the best price, FREE.

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    Don't forget Brunacini's Essentials of Fire Department Customer Service and a current ICS course booklet!
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    make sure the Essentials of Firefighting is the newest edition, which is the 4th one if i'm am correct.

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    [FONT=century gothic][COLOR=firebrick][B]Again I would have to say our fellow firefighters have already led you in the right direction. I would say that you would definately need the essentials book (current edition). And then I would look for a building and construction wood and ordinary book, most of the fires you will fight will be in the residental setting. So knowing something about the construction of a residental structure will help you out. I would also look into getting a book for the Incident Command System, so you can be familiar with how the fire scene is going to work. But the best advise I can give you is to ask questions of other firefighters, instructors, and other experts like local contractors. And pay attention to how the more experienced members are doing things, and what they tell you cause there is usually a reason they do things that way like S.O.P's and previous experience....Good Luck...And be Safe Out There....

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    IFSTA Orientation and Terminology (3rd Ed, 1993)
    IFSTA Haz Mat: Awarenesss Level (1st Ed, 1995)

    If reading seems to get a little dry, intermix with videos. Some students learn better with a mixture of audio/visual, as well as cognitive didactics. If your department doesn't have a great supply of training videos, try neighboring departments, or your State Academy may have a loan program.

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    Essentials.
    If your library does not have it, go to your local FD and see if they will loan you a copy. As you study, you may want to ask about looking at the equip on their trucks. It is usually easier to learn things if you can actually see them. Remember to ask, schedule ahead of time and SHOW UP!!!! Most ff have no problem working with someone who wants to get into the service, just respect their time.

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