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Structural Firefighting: Strategy and Tactics, Second Edition

Author(s): Bernard J. Klaene
Russell E. Sanders
  • ISBN-13: 9780763751685
  • ISBN-10:0763751685
  • Hardcover    379 pages      © 2008
Price: $135.95 US List
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Safe and effective firefighting requires a complex thought process. It is not a simple matter of “how to.” Decisions depend on many factors, from the type of building, to the likelihood of occupancy, to the water supply. This strategy and tactics text, Structural Firefighting: Strategy and Tactics, Second Edition, prepares the fire officer to take command at structure fires, fully utilizing available resources in a safe and effective manner. The goal of this textbook is to explain proven tactics and strategies used at structure fires.

This text gives the reader the necessary tools to achieve maximum productivity under adverse fireground conditions. It has been revised to thoroughly cover the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and current, applicable NFPA statistics and standards. New material includes a greatly expanded section on size-up, significant content on conflagrations and group fires, an extensive discussion of occupancy type, and more:

• Use of real-world examples to reinforce chapter concepts
• Student exercises based on practical and real scenarios
• Discussion of actual, recent fire incidents and what can be learned from them

By applying the principles described in this text, even the most experienced incident commander will be able to utilize his or her knowledge more effectively at the scene.

Special features in Structural Firefighting: Strategy and Tactics, Second Edition include:

• Clear, understandable writing style
• Dynamic two-color illustrations
• Key terms underlined and bolded, defined at end of chapter
• Fallacy/Fact boxes that defuse myths and explain the facts
• Case summaries that discuss and analyze recent structural fires
• In-depth, critical thinking activities at the end of each chapter

An Instructor’s ToolKit CD-ROM hand-tailored to Structural Firefighting: Strategy and Tactics, Second Edition contains chapter PowerPoint presentations, lecture outlines, an electronic test bank, and an image and table bank.

Click here to view a sample chapter from Structural Firefighting: Strategy and Tactics, Second Edition.

Features & Benefits

Real-life case summaries are presented throughout the book.

Detailed learning objectives introduce each chapter.

Key terms are easily identified and defined within the text.  A comprehensive list with definitions follows each chapter.

Fact & Fallacy boxes dispel popular myths about command strategies.

Chapter learning charts introduce chapter topics and show how they relate. Main points for each topic are summarized at the end of the chapter.

End-of-chapter suggested activities provide in-depth scenarios to promote critical thinking and analysis.

  Chapter  1  Organizing, Coordinating, and Commanding Emergency Incidents
  Chapter  2  Procedures, Pre-Incident Planning, and Size-Up
  Chapter  3  Developing an Incident Action Plan
  Chapter  4  Company Operations
  Chapter  5  Fire Fighter Safety
  Chapter  6  Life Safety
  Chapter  7  Fire Protection Systems
  Chapter  8  Offensive Operations
  Chapter  9  Defensive Operations
  Chapter  10  Property Conservation
  Chapter  11  The Role of Occupancy
  Chapter  12  High-Rise Buildings
  Appendix  A  Sample ASETBX Data
  Appendix  B  Imperial and Metric Conversions
  Appendix  C  FESHE Correlation Guide
  Photo Credits
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Bernard J. Klaene

Ben Klaene developed curricula and taught a wide variety of fire-related courses including Fire Tactics over his 27 years with the University of Cincinnati. He has served as an adjunct instructor and subject matter expert for the National Fire Academy where he revised courses for the Degrees at a Distance program. He has also done extensive work as a fire safety consultant in the area of training industrial fire brigades and surveying community fire protection. Before his retirement as the Training & Safety Chief of the Cincinnati Fire Department, he rose through the ranks to fire apparatus operator, lieutenant, captain, and district chief. Chief Klaene’s 30 years of experience included working as a firefighter and company officer on engine, truck, and heavy rescue companies. He was also a graduate of the first paramedic class in Cincinnati where he functioned as paramedic supervisor. Chief Klaene holds an Associate Degree in Fire Science, a Bachelor of Science in Fire and Industrial Safety, and a Masters in Education from the University of Cincinnati. He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program.

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Russell E. Sanders

Russ Sanders serves as NFPA’s Central Regional Manager, Executive Secretary of the NFPA/IAFC Metropolitan “Metro” Fire Chiefs Association and as an NFPA representative to the European Fire Service. In addition, Mr. Sanders serves as one of six Vice Presidents on the International Technical Committee for the Prevention and Extinction of Fire (CTIF). The CTIF, which currently includes 52 member countries, was founded in 1900. Mr. Sanders graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, a Master of Education Degree, and a Master of Science Degree. He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and Harvard University’s Senior Executive in State and Local Government Program. Prior to joining the NFPA staff in 1995, Mr. Sanders was Chief of the Louisville (KY) Fire Department (LFD). He served 29 years in the LFD, his last nine as Chief of the Department.