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Fire Officer's Handbook of Tactics

Fifth Edition

John Norman (author)

ISBN: 9781593704186

Publication Date: Apr 2019

Format: Hardback

With his fifth edition, Chief John Norman offers lessons learned during his extensive career. This guide continues to be invaluable for firefighters aspiring to the officer level and those seeking to promote safety and effectiveness in their organization and the communities they serve by improving their own skills.

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With his fifth edition, Chief John Norman offers lessons learned during his extensive and time-honored career. Chief Norman imparts wisdom and experience by offering advice informed by actual outcomes from the fireground. This guide continues to be invaluable for firefighters aspiring to the officer level and those seeking to promote safety and effectiveness in their organization and the communities they serve by improving their own skills.

This fifth edition conveys valuable information gained over the past several years from scientific research relating to the tactics that we use to the changes that have taken place within our communities. Failure to recognize change and adapt to it places a fire department at a great disadvantage and can cost lives and property.

The community changes that most directly affect the fire service today include faster, hotter, and more toxic fires and significantly reduced staffing in many fire departments. These are inescapable facts. Our challenge is to use the knowledge that is at our disposal to select the right tools, technologies, and tactics to safely and successfully adapt to and overcome these challenges.
Pages 642
Dimensions 279 x 216
Date Published 30 Apr 2019
Publisher PennWell Books
Subject/s Fire services   Fire protection & safety  
  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Part I: General firefighting tactics
  • General principles of firefighting
  • Size-Up
  • Engine company operations
  • Hoseline selection, stretching, and placement
  • Water supply
  • Sprinkler systems and standpipe operations
  • Ladder company operations
  • Forcible entry
  • Ventilation
  • Search and rescue
  • Part II: Specific fire situations
  • Firefighter survival
  • Operations in lightweight buildings
  • Private dwellings
  • Multiple dwellings
  • Garden apartment and townhouse fires
  • Store fires--taxpayers and strip malls
  • High-rise office buildings
  • Buildings under construction, renovation, and demolition
  • Fire-related emergencies: incinerators, oil burners, and gas leaks
  • Electrical fires and emergencies
  • Structural collapse
  • Fire department roles in terrorism and homeland security
  • Glossary
  • Index
Deputy Assistant Chief John Norman is a veteran of more than 35 years in the fire service, with a wide range of experience. He has fought fires in rural, suburban, and urban settings. Since Sept. 11, 2001, Norman has been the Chief of Rescue Operations with the New York Fire Department. Until that date, as a Battalion Chief, he had been assigned to the 16th Battalion in Harlem. In the days after the collapse of the Twin Towers, Norman was designated as the Search and Rescue manager for the World Trade Center site. He operated in that position as a member of the Incident Commanders General Staff for two months before assuming his assignment as the Chief in Charge of the Special Operations Command on a full-time basis. He is the best-selling author of Fire Officer's Handbook of Tactics, Third Edition, also from Fire Engineering Books & Videos.

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