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Author(s): International Association of Fire Chiefs
National Fire Protection Association
David Purchase
  • ISBN-13: 9781284038422
  • Navigate 2 Advantage Access     322 pages      © 2017
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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) are pleased to bring you the second edition of Chief Officer: Principles and Practice, designed to help learners make a smooth transition from company officer to chief officer. The Second Edition addresses both Fire Officer III and Fire Officer IV levels of the 2014 Edition of NFPA 1021: Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, combining current content with dynamic features and interactive technology to better support instructors and to help future chief officers become problem-solving leaders for their organizations.

Today’s fire service leaders must prepare themselves and those they lead for the changes that are likely to occur. Powerful trends—including political, ethical, legal, and sociological—are likely to continue shaping the fire service, impacting department structures and roles in the community, and altering the demands placed not only on fire service leaders but on the personnel they lead. Department leaders need to navigate changes that include demographic shifts, technological challenges, unforeseen court decisions, economic downturns, political turmoil, higher levels of emergency preparedness, and union-versus-management concerns. This new edition explains all of these concepts and more to build a solid foundation for aspiring chief officers.

The Second Edition includes:

  • A clear division of Fire Officer III and IV content
  • A discussion of ethics and how it impacts leadership
  • Expanded information on communications as a chief officer
  • How to meet the needs and rights of employees

The Second Edition features:


  • Scenario-Based Learning. You are the Chief Officer and Chief Officer in Action are found in each chapter to encourage and foster critical thinking skills.
  • Practical Tips for the Chief Officer. Chief Officer Tips and Voices of Experience essays are integrated into each chapter to provide helpful advice from experienced chief officers.
  • Walk the Talk. Practical activities designed to expand the educational content and encourage students to take what they have learned in the chapter and apply it to their own departments.
Chapter  1  Leadership
Chapter  2  Personal and Professional Development
Chapter  3  Communications
Chapter  4  Legal Issues
Chapter  5  Human Resources
Chapter  6  Intergovernmental Relations
Chapter  7  Budget and Finance Issues
Chapter  8  Strategic Planning
Chapter  9  Working in the Community
Chapter  10  Code Enforcement
Chapter  11  Emergency Management and Response
Appendix  A  An Excerpt of NFPA® 1021 Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, 2014 Edition
Appendix  B  ProBoard Assessment Methodology Matrix for NFPA® 1021 Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, 2014 Edition
Appendix  C  Sample Strategic Plan: An Extract from the Plainfield Fire Department Master Plan

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.

David Purchase

David J. Purchase, EFO

Chief Purchase served 38 years in the fire service, retiring in 2013 after 14 years as fire chief for the city of Norton Shores, where he resides with his wife, Kari. He has been a certified fire instructor for 29 years and is currently an Instructor II, having taught over 400 fire officer programs around the state of Michigan since 1996. An EFO graduate of the National Fire Academy, Chief Purchase has received various recognitions throughout his career, including the Michigan Jaycees, State Firefighter of the Year, Fire Service Instructor of the Year presented by the Michigan Fire Service Instructors Association and the Michigan Association Fire Chiefs, and Fire Chief of the Year. He served for 10 years as a governor appointee on the Michigan Firefighters Training Council. He is a past president of both the Western Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs and the Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs and past vice president of the Michigan Fire Service Instructors Association. Chief Purchase has presented programs at Fire Service conferences around the country, including VCOS, FDIC, FDIC East, Ohio State Fire School, Michigan and Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs, and Fire House Expo. He has been a contributing author and/or editorial board member for Jones & Bartlett Learning publications, including Chief Fire Officer’s Desk Reference (Training chapter), Fire Service Instructor and Hazardous Materials curriculum development, and Chief Officer.



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