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Fire Officer: Principles and Practice, Second Edition

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) are pleased to bring you the Second Edition of Fire Officer: Principles and Practice, a modern integrated teaching and learning system for the Fire Officer I and II levels. Fire officers need to know how to make the transition from fire fighter to leader. Fire Officer: Principles and Practice, Second Edition is designed to help fire fighters make a smooth transition to fire officer.

Covering the entire scope of NFPA 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, 2009 Edition, Fire Officer combines current content with dynamic features and interactive technology to better support instructors and help prepare future fire officers for any situation that may arise.

Safety is Principle!
The Second Edition features a laser-like focus on fire fighter safety. Reducing fire fighter injuries and deaths requires the dedicated efforts of every fire fighter, fire officer, fire department, and the entire fire community working together. It is with this goal in mind that we have integrated the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives developed by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation into the text. Likewise, in each of the chapters, actual National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System cases are discussed to drive home safety and the lessons learned from those incidents. Some of the guiding principles added to the new edition include:

  • Description of the “Everybody Goes Home” and the National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System, including over a dozen company officer near-miss examples throughout the text.
  • Description of the IAFC/IAFF Firefighter Safety and Deployment Study.
  • The latest fire fighter death and injury issues as reported by the NFPA® National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, IAFC, and IAFF, including results of a thirty-year retrospective study.
  • Changes in fire-ground accountability and rapid intervention practices.
  • Results of National Institute of Standards and Technology research on wind-driven fires, thermal imaging cameras, and fire dynamics as related to fire fighter survival.
  • The latest developments in crew resource management.

The Second Edition also reflects the latest developments in:

  • Building a personal development plan through education, training, self-development, and experience, including a description of the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) program.
  • The impact of blogs, video sharing, and social networks.
  • How to budget for a grant.
  • Changes in the National Response Framework and National Incident Management System. Additional items related to fire fighter safety and health are included.

Learn more about these Digital Curriculum Solution Packages to support this text:

The "sandbox" environment is designed to allow instructors the opportunity to test system functionality. The entire site automatically resets to its original appearance every 5 hours. Take a tour of a "live" sample chapter or lesson right from your desktop by clicking the "sandbox" link. Use the posted username and password to log in.

Chapter  1  Introduction to the Fire Officer
Chapter  2  Preparing for Promotion
Chapter  3  Fire Fighters and the Fire Officer
Chapter  4  Understanding People: Management Concepts
Chapter  5  Organized Labor and the Fire Officer
Chapter  6  Safety and Risk Management
Chapter  7  Training and Coaching
Chapter  8  Evaluation and Discipline
Chapter  9  Leading the Fire Company
Chapter  10  Working in the Community
Chapter  11  Handling Problems, Conflicts, and Mistakes
Chapter  12  Pre-Incident Planning and Code Enforcement
Chapter  13  Budgeting and Organizational Change
Chapter  14  Fire Officer Communications
Chapter  15  Managing Incidents
Chapter  16  Fire Attack
Chapter  17  Fire Cause Determination
Chapter  18  Crew Resource Management

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.

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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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  • “Right on topic with excellent examples and current thinking on leadership.”

    David Martinez
    Coleman Fire Department Academy
    Coleman, TX


Instructor's ToolKit CD

ISBN-13: 9780763783655

Preparing for class is easy with the resources on the Instructor’s ToolKit CD. The CD includes the following resources:

Adaptable PowerPoint presentations that provide instructors with a powerful way to create presentations that are educational and engaging to their students. These slides can be modified and edited to meet instructors’ specific needs.

Test Bank that contains an abundance of multiple-choice and scenario-based questions, and allows instructors to create tailor-made classroom tests and quizzes quickly and easily by selecting, editing, organizing, and printing a test. An answer key with page references to the text is also available.

Lecture Outlines that include all of the topics covered in the text. The lecture outlines can be modified and customized to fit any course.

Image and Table Bank- Offers a selection of the most important images and tables found in the text. Instructors can use these graphics to incorporate more images into the PowerPoint presentations, make handouts, or enlarge a specific image for further discussion.

Detailed lesson plans keyed to the PowerPoint presentations with sample lectures, lesson quizzes, and teaching strategies.

Teaching tips and ideas to enhance your presentation. 

Answers to all end-of-chapter student questions found in the text.


Navigate Course Manager: Fire Officer

ISBN-13: 9781449695187

Combining our robust teaching and learning materials with an intuitive and customizable learning platform, Navigate Course Manager enables instructors to create an online course quickly and easily. The system allows instructors to readily complete the following tasks:

    Customize preloaded content or easily import new content
    Provide online testing
    Offer discussion forums, real-time chat, group projects, and assignments
    Organize course curricula and schedules
    Track student progress, generate reports, and manage training and compliance activities


Student Workbook

ISBN-13: 9780763783679

This resource is designed to encourage critical thinking and aid comprehension of the course material through use of the following materials:

    Case studies and corresponding questions
    Figure-labeling exercises
    Crossword puzzles
    Matching, fill-in-the-blank, short-answer, and multiple-choice questions

The Student Workbook also includes an answer key that is page referenced to the Fire Officer: Principles and Practice, Second Edition text.