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Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills, Second Edition

With the release of the Second Edition, Jones and Bartlett Learning, the National Fire Protection Association®, and the International Association of Fire Chiefs have joined forces to raise the bar for the fire service once again.

Safety Is Fundamentals!
The Second Edition features a laser-like focus on fire fighter injury prevention, including a dedicated chapter on safety. Reducing fire fighter injuries and deaths requires the dedicated efforts of every fire fighter, of every fire department, and of the entire fire community working together. It is with this goal in mind that we have integrated the 16 Fire Fighter Life Safety Initiatives developed by the National Fallen Fire Fighter Foundation into Chapter 2, Fire Fighter Safety. In most of the chapters, actual National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System cases are discussed to drive home important points about safety and the lessons learned from those real-life incidents. It is our profound hope that this textbook will contribute to the goal of reducing line-of-duty deaths by 25 percent in the next 5 years.

Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills, Second Edition thoroughly supports instructors and prepares students for the job. This one-volume text meets and exceeds the Fire Fighter I and II professional qualifications levels as outlined in the 2008 edition of NFPA 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications. It also covers all of the Job Performance Requirements (JPRs) listed in the 2008 edition of NFPA 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents, at the awareness and operations levels, including Section 6.2, Mission-Specific Competencies: Personal Protective Equipment and Section 6.6, Mission-Specific Competencies: Product Control.

Listen to a Podcast with Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills, Second Edition editor Dave Schottke to learn more about this training program!
Dave discusses fire fighter safety, the dangers of lightweight building construction materials, fire scene rehab, and other areas of emphasis within the Second Edition.
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Features & Benefits

The Second Edition is highly-developed and is loaded with features, including:

  • NFPA Standards and Objectives - Each chapter identifies the appropriate NFPA standards, cognitive objectives, and skills objectives for the chapter.
  • You are the Fire Fighter - Each chapter opens with a case study that will stimulate classroom discussion, capture students' attention, and provides an overview of the chapter. Additional case studies and challenging questions are included in the end-of-chapter Wrap-Up.
  • Near Miss Reports- This feature appears throughout the text where appropriate and uses real incident data to showcase lessons learned in order to keep fire fighters safe.
  • 16 Life Safety Initiatives- Derived from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s “Everyone Goes Home” program, the 16 Life Safety Initiatives are the foundation of Chapter 2: Fire Fighter Safety.
  • Voices of Experience - Students will benefit from voices of experience; masters of the trade provide expert fire fighter advice.
  • Figures and Tables - Figures and tables provide both clarity and interest, and calls students' attention to important concepts presented in the chapter.
  • Skill Drills - Skill Drills provide written step-by-step explanations and visual summaries of important skills and procedures. Skill Drills are now identified as Fire Fighter I or II level skills with corresponding NFPA objectives referenced.
  • Boxed features including Fire Marks, Safety Tips, and Fire Fighter Tips.
  • End-of-chapter “Wrap-Up” resources including Chief Concepts and Hot Terms.

Chapter 1: The History and Orientation of the Fire Service
Chapter 2: Fire Fighter Safety
Chapter 3: Fire Service Communications
Chapter 4: Incident Command System
Chapter 5: Fire Behavior
Chapter 6: Building Construction
Chapter 7: Portable Fire Extinguishers
Chapter 8: Fire Fighter Tools and Equipment
Chapter 9: Ropes and Knots
Chapter 10: Response and Size-Up
Chapter 11: Forcible Entry
Chapter 12: Ladders
Chapter 13: Search and Rescue
Chapter 14: Ventilation
Chapter 15: Water Supply
Chapter 16: Fire Hose, Nozzles, Streams, and Foam
Chapter 17: Fire Fighter Survival
Chapter 18: Salvage and Overhaul
Chapter 19: Fire Fighter Rehabilitation
Chapter 20: Wildland and Ground Fires
Chapter 21: Fire Suppression
Chapter 22: Preincident Planning
Chapter 23: Fire and Emergency Medical Care
Chapter 24: Emergency Medical Care
Chapter 25: Vehicle Rescue and Extrication
Chapter 26: Assisting Special Rescue Teams
Chapter 27: Hazardous Materials: Overview
Chapter 28: Hazardous Materials: Properties and Effects
Chapter 29: Hazardous Materials: Recognizing and Identifying the Hazards
Chapter 30: Hazardous Materials: Implementing a Response
Chapter 31: Hazardous Materials: Personal Protective Equipment, Scene Safety, and Scene Control
Chapter 32: Hazardous Materials: Response Priorities and Actions
Chapter 33: Hazardous Materials: Decontamination Techniques
Chapter 34: Terrorism Awareness
Chapter 35: Fire Prevention and Public Education
Chapter 36: Fire Detection, Protection, and Suppression Systems
Chapter 37: Fire Cause Determination

Appendix A: An Extract From: NFPA 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, 2008 Edition

Appendix B: An Extract From: NFPA 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents, 2008 Edition

Appendix C: NFPA 1001 and 472 Correlation Guide


International Association of Fire Chiefs

Established in 1873, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) is a powerful, professional membership organization of more than 12,600 chief fire and emergency officers. The mission of the IAFC is to provide leadership to career and volunteer chiefs, chief fire officers, and managers of emergency service organizations throughout the international community through vision, information, education, services, and representation to enhance their professionalism and capabilities. Members of the IAFC are the world’s leading experts in fire fighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation.

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.

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    We plan to continue using the Jones and Bartlett materials. The complete package (online resources, texts and review materials) are far superior to anything we’ve ever had.

    Deb Phillips, Fire Instructor
    Toledo Fire & Rescue Department
    545 N. Huron St.
    Toledo, OH

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    R.C. Fellows
    Adult Fire Coordinator
    Tolles Career and Technical Center
    Plain City, OH

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    Matthew Brixey
    Owens State Community College
    Toledo, OH

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    Middlesex County Fire Academy
    Sayreville, NJ


Instructor’s Resource Manual CD-ROM

ISBN-13: 9780763759704

The Instructor’s Resource Manual is the instructor’s guide to the entire teaching and learning system. Instructors can choose resources appropriate to the Fire Fighter I, Fire Fighter II, or Fire Fighter I and II combined levels. This indispensable manual contains the following features:

  • Objectives with page references
  • Support materials
  • Enhancements
  • Teaching tips
  • Readings and preparation
  • Presentation overview with suggested teaching times
  • Lesson plans with corresponding PowerPoint slide text
  • Skill drill evaluation sheets
  • Answers to all end-of-chapter student questions found in the text
  • Activities and assignments

Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills, Second Edition Textbook and Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills Interactive

Bundle ISBN: 9781449622121
This bundle includes the Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills, Second Edition Textbook and access to Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills Interactive.