Construction For The Fire Service" By Francis Brannigan
This is the building construction bible for firefighters. It is not
easy reading, but it is quite comprehensive and worth the effort it
will take to read it.
Of Burning Buildings" By Deputy Chief Vincent Dunn
This is a very readable book which contains a wealth of necessary information
on the dangers of collapse for various types of buildings. It is a must
read for firefighters.
And Survival On The Fireground" By Deputy Chief Vincent
Another good book by Chief Dunn. Firefighting is a dangerous profession
and in this book, Chief Dunn covers the topic of safety on the fireground
from soup to nuts. It is another easy read.
And Control Of Fires And Emergencies" By Deputy Chief Vincent
This is a great book for the Fireground Commander weather he be a company
or chief officer.
Officers Handbook Of Tactics" By Battalion Chief John Norman
Chief Normans book should be in everyone's library. It is the bible
for the company officer.
At War" By Neil Wallington
I found this to be an extremely interesting history of the work of
the London Fire Brigade in the Second World War.
Management For The Street Smart Fire Officer" By Chief
John F. "Skip" Coleman
Chief Coleman describes how a "practical working model of incident
management can be used in any fire department , on any type of incident."
Read this when you decide you want to set up your own incident management
system or just to sharpen your incident management skills.
Major Fires" By Battalion Chief John F. "Skip Coleman
In this book, Chief Coleman discuses fires in a variety of occupancies
and describes scenarios for small, medium and large departments.
Size-Up" By Chief Michael A. Terpak
This book tells you everything you wanted to know about size-up, but
were afraid to ask. He uses a 15 point size-up instead of the traditional
13 point one and sizes up all the basic building types for you.
"Strategic Concepts In Fire Fighting" By Edward P.
McAniff Former Chief of Department, FDNY
This is an oldie but a goodie. The chief discusses pre-bunker Gear
and pre Aerial Platform firefighting. The concepts discussed are still
valid today. Read it to round out your education and to give a little
Rescue Company" By Deputy Chief Ray Downey
Thinking of starting a Rescue Company. Here is the bible. If you already
have one, read how rescue companies operate at various incidents.
"High Rise | Fire And Life Safety" By Chief John O'Hagan
Chief O'Hagen wrote the book on High-Rise Fires. Literally. He was
the first, that I know of, who explained how fires in High-Rise buildings
behave and how to fight them. It has a lot of technical information
about tests he conducted but it also contains good information about
fire behavior and tactics.
Others Might Live" By Terry Golway
Mr. Golway, gives us a readable history of FDNY from the 1700 to the
present. He describes how FDNY developed and gives brief descriptions
of many fires and incidents. I enjoyed reading the book and recommend
it for those interested in the history of New York's Bravest.
"The 7 Habits Of Highly
Effective People" By Stephen R. Covey
A national best seller, this book is not fire related. It is a self
help book, a leadership book, a book about character and making principle
based decisions. It can turn your life around. While it is not fire
related, the principles explained do apply to your work relationships
as well as your home relationships.