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Management in the Fire Service, Fourth Edition

Author(s): Harry R. Carter
Erwin Rausch
National Fire Protection Association
  • ISBN-13: 9780763751692
  • ISBN-10:0763751693
  • Hardcover    332 pages      © 2008
Price: $141.95 US List
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A required reading for FESHE's Fire Prevention, Organization, and Management model course!

The Fourth Edition of Management in the Fire Service provides systematic guidance to help you implement enhanced leadership and decision-making skills. Loaded with thought-provoking managerial insights, this textbook is designed to be a current and future fire service leader’s how-to guide into evaluating the critical decisions that impact a fire department’s internal and external functions. Through the use of straight-forward advice, the Fourth Edition will help you make the right call when faced with challenges relating to fire prevention and code enforcement, pre-incident planning, personnel issues, financial resource management, and emergency incident response.


The Fourth Edition also features:


  • New chapter resources including learning objectives, scenarios, key terms, "FYI" boxes, and review questions and activities.
  • A correlation grid to the FESHE Fire Administration I course.
  • Expanded discussion on the application of management principles within volunteer and combination fire departments.



Click here to view a sample chapter from Management in the Fire Service, Fourth Edition.

Features & Benefits

Learning objectives are provided for each chapter.

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

Comprehensive scenarios with detailed analyses are used throughout the text.

“FYI” boxes provide additional information on the subject matter presented.

Review questions are available to test readers retention of the materials presented in the chapter.





Chapter 1: Introduction to Management in the Fire Service

Chapter 2: Management Functions in the Fire Service and Fire Officer Responsibilities

Chapter 3: Commanding the Response to an Emergency Incident 

Chapter 4: Fire Prevention and Code Enforcement

Chapter 5: Fire and Life Safety Education

Chapter 6: Pre-Incident Planning and Related Loss Reduction Activities

Chapter 7: Management of Physical Resources

Chapter 8: Management of Financial Resources

Chapter 9: Fire Service Personnel Management

Chapter 10: Employee Relations in the Fire Service

Chapter 11: Training as a Management Function

Chapter 12: Fire Department Services Beyond Firefighting


Appendix A: Fire Service-Specific and Management/Leadership Guidelines

Appendix B: Defining Problems

Appendix C: Examples of Goals, Objectives, and Tactical Steps for Fire Departments and Officers

Appendix D: Defensive Strategies

Appendix E: Seven Reasons for Using Multiple Alarms

Appendix F: The 3Cs Model

Appendix G: FESHE Fire Administration I Correlation Grid





Harry R. Carter

Dr. Harry R. Carter is a veteran municipal fire protection consultant, educator and motivational speaker based in Adelphia, New Jersey. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners for Howell Township Fire District #2, and is a long-time contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine, and the Pennsylvania Fireman. He also serves as the Editor for the highway safety website.

He enjoyed a 26-year career with the Newark, New Jersey Fire Department, serving as a Division commander, a Suppression Division Battalion Chief, Chief of Training, and Commander of the Hazardous Materials Response Team. He has also had a long career with the Adelphia Fire Company in Howell Township, NJ. He served as Fire Chief and Training Officer, and currently serves as an active Life Member and is the fire company Chaplain.

A veteran of 42 years in the fire and emergency service world, he holds degrees in organizational and management, fire service administration, public policy analysis, fire safety administration, the social sciences, and business administration. He has authored seven books and has written more than 1,500 magazine, web, and journal articles. 

His PhD is from Capella University, the accredited online university, with headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and faculty throughout the US.

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Erwin Rausch

The retired president of Didactic Systems, human resource consultants and publishers of simulation games on management and leadership topics, was previously a manufacturing executive for more than 20 years. 

He is the author, lead author, or editor of eight books and many other articles and papers. Notable works include High Quality Leadership: Practical Guidelines to Becoming a More Effective Manager and High Quality Managerial Leadership Decisions - The Key to Superior Performance, to be published in 2006. In 1998, 1999, and 2003 he was guest editor of special issues of the Journal of Workplace Learning, Career Development Journal, and Management Decision, respectively, the last two based on internet conferences that he coordinated. He recently concluded moderating a debate on Leadership Issues, which has been published as Volume 43. Issue 7 (2005) of Management Decision and includes his editorial and paper- A Practical Focus on Leadership in Management - for research, education, and management development.

He has two degrees in engineering and one in economics, and has taught economics and management subjects as adjunct at Rutgers and Kean Universities for more than 15 years.

National Fire Protection Association

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, building, electrical, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden for fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating scientifically-based consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. Developer of the National Electrical Code®, and 300 other codes and standards through a full, open-consensus process, NFPA also produces educational curricula, including the Risk Watch® community-based injury prevention curriculum and the Learn Not to Burn® fire safety curriculum. NFPA headquarters is in Quincy, Massachusetts.