Fire Officer’s Bookshelf

Here is a list of the articles, books and reports you should have read; are in your bookcase for reference; or should be reading.  They are not ranked in any particular order:

Updated: April 22, 2024

  1. Pass It On!, 1st Edition – Goldfeder and Friends
  2. Pass It On!, 2nd Edition – Goldfeder and Friends
  3. Hope for the Helpful – John Alston
  4. Fire Officer’s Handbook of Tactics, 5th Edition – Norman
  5. The Art of Reading Buildings, 1st Edition – Dodson & Mittendorf
  6. Step up and Lead – Frank Viscuso
  7. Tactical and Strategic Concepts on the Fireground – Smith
  8. Collapse of Burning Buildings, 2nd Edition – Dunn
  9. Think Again – Adam Grant
  10. Strategic Concepts – McAniff
  11. Firefighting Operations in High-rise and Standpipe Equipped Buildings –  McGrail
  12. Command and Control of Fires & Emergencies – Dunn
  13. 15 Laws of Invaluable Growth – John C. Maxwell
  14. Fireground Strategies, 2nd Edition – Avillo
  15. Building Construction for the Fire Service, 4th Edition – Brannigan
  16. Assessment Centers – Terpak 
  17. Fire Chiefs Handbook – Brennan
  18. Managing Fire and Emergency Services – ICMA
  19. Management in the Fire Service – Reusch  & Carter
  20. Safety and Survival on the Fireground – Dunn 
  21. Fire Department Special Operations – Norman 
  22. Art of Reading Smoke – Dodson 
  23. The Art of Leadership – J.D. Walters
  24. Fireground Size-Up – Terpak
  25. Hazardous Materials: Managing the Incident, 5th Edition – Noll Hildebrand
  26. Company Officer, 3rd Edition – Clinton Smoke
  27. FDNY: First Line Supervisor’s Manual
  28. I Can’t Save You, But I’ll Die Trying – Dr. Burt Clark
  29. IAFF: Emergency Response to Terrorism – Operations 
  30. IFSTA – Fire Service Instructor, 7th Edition
  31. NFA – Calling the May-Day
  32. NFA – Command and Control of Target Hazards
  33. NFA – Decision Making for Initial Company Operation
  34. NFA – Incident Command for Collapse
  35. NFA – Incident Command for High-rise
  36. NFPA 1403 – Live Fire Training Standards
  37. Leadership in the Fire Service – Volumes I & II – McAniff
  38. Fireground Command – Brunancini
  39. Principles and Practices of Firefighting – Clark
  40. Fireground Tactics – Freid

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