Author: David J. Soler
Release Date: 2015-08-01
The essential guidebook for thriving as a firefighter. Over 20 years of research and 100's of interviews were incorporated in the foundational principals shared in this book.Discover the mindset, attitude and habits that make firefighters great & respected. Discover 3 the destructive C's of a fire service career and how to avoid them and discover the firefighter training success diamond.Learn how great firefighters stay focused and motivated and how to become a respected firefighter among respected firefighters. These and so much more in this jam-packed guidebook for thriving as a firefighter.Learn more at FirefighterPreplan.com
Author: Jim Moss
Release Date: 2016-07-15
Firefighter Functional Fitness is the essential guide to optimal firefighter performance and longevity. It provides all firefighters with the knowledge, mindset, and tools to:Maximize their fire ground performance Reduce their risk of injury and experiencing a line-of-duty deathLive a long, healthy career and retirementDesigned for firefighters by firefighters, this book shares the The 4 Pillars of Firefighter Functional Fitness: Physical FitnessRecovery and RestHydrationNutrition and LifestyleIt also reveals the The Big 8 concept, which includes over 100 photos and descriptions of functional exercises, movements, and stretches that are specifically designed to enhance firefighter performance. The Workout Programming chapter gives firefighters numerous options for putting The Big 8 into action, taking into account all levels of fitness. Additionally, each chapter provides practical action steps for both immediate improvement and long-term success.Must-read bonus chapters include:The Importance of Annual Medical EvaluationsAn Analysis of the Fire Service's Cardiovascular EpidemicFirefighter Physical Agility AssessmentsAddressing Organizational Barriers to FitnessFrequently Asked QuestionsAlarmingly, over the past 10 years, the fire service has suffered more than 1,000 line-of-duty deaths. Unfortunately, over 50% of these LODDs were attributed to heart attacks, strokes, and other medical causes. Firefighter Functional Fitness attacks these statistics by providing all firefighters with the tools needed to combat this epidemic.Firefighter Functional Fitness brings together the authors' combined 40+ years of fire service experience and decades of utilizing functional fitness principles. The result is an invaluable resource with the vital tools and knowledge that firefighters desperately need to not only enjoy a healthy and productive career, but also benefit with a healthy retirement.
Author: Ryan Vacek
Publisher: Hillcrest Publishing Group
Release Date: 2011-08
Genre: Health & Fitness
Veteran firefighter and peer fitness trainer Ryan Vacek shares his unique perspective on physical training with workouts specifically designed for fellow 'fire athletes' in "The Fire Athlete Fitness Program."
With over twenty years of experience, The Game will prepare you for the many roles and expectations of a rookie firefighter, and will explain the different points that are critical to your success during probation. After reading The Game, you will be ready to start your career with the knowledge of an experienced firefighter in your back pocket.
Author: Michael Stefano
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: 2001-12-24
Genre: Health & Fitness
Offers thirty-minute workout routines that cover strength, cardiovascular, and flexibility training, and includes information on nutrition and techniques used by firefighters to stay fit for their physically demanding work.
Author: Howard A. Chatterton
Publisher: PennWell Books
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Technology & Engineering
Training is about learning new skills and certifying the ability to perform them to a given standard. Section 1 begins with a one-year outline for training officers. Section 2 follows with a table of listings for each outline given in the book, indicating whether the drill is inside or outside and the preparation time needed for it. Section 3 consists of general guidelines for the training officer on how to conduct drills in a safe but effective manner. Section 4 contains the outlines of the various drills that should be conducted. They can be customized and altered, but the basic concept will provide you with a solid place to start. The safety of the members is paramount. Follow all safety precautions and conduct the drills in accordance with standards and company policies.
Author: Jay Adair
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Release Date: 2012-10
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
I imagine life in a firehouse is a bit like life in a prison. You have a certain amount of time to kill before your sentence is up, and much of that time is spent swapping stories. Most yarns get told so often, both the teller and the listener are already painfully aware of each tiny detail. Occasionally, someone will remark, "Somebody ought to be writing this stuff down," as if the worn-out tales are of such noteworthy substance, society at large would be the poorer if they slipped into oblivion. Taking the bait, I started writing-not all of the stories, only mine. After all, the only facts I could be sure of were the ones I was directly involved with, and thus, the only ones I felt I could share, with any sense of accuracy. Just a few dozen of the thousands of events seemed noteworthy, so the vast majority of them remain un-chronicled, as they should. I usually wrote each narrative shortly after it occurred, while the memory was fresh and the images were still vivid in my mind. I then clicked the "SAVE" icon on the word processor and left the writing buried on the computer's hard drive- sometimes for decades. It was not until my career was winding down that I seriously considered making a book out of them. If you are a fireman and read the book it will be very familiar to you-you've made hundreds of calls just like these; in fact, your stories might be much better. If you're a civilian, curious about life in the fire department, the stories might surprise you. It's not exactly the job many folks think it is. It's a whole lot more-some good, some bad. The stories range from fires to floods, births to suicides, escaped parrots to trapped kittens, crazy civilians to crazier firemen. Some days it felt like you were a performer in the circus, while everybody clapped. Other days you felt like the guy with the shovel, following the elephants while everybody laughed. Just try and keep in mind this book was written by a fireman, not a professional wordsmith who knows how to dangle his participles without anyone noticing. I think my best writing was done on various bathroom walls during my Junior High School years. Alas, nobody thought to save it.
Author: Frank Viscuso
Publisher: Fire Engineering Books
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Business & Economics
In his new book Step Up and Lead, Frank Viscuso--author, speaker, and career deputy chief--shares the secrets of effective fire service leadership, introduces the traits and skills essential for successful fire service leaders, and discusses the importance of customer service. Designed to help you reach the top of your profession, this new book is considered must-read material for anyone who is ready to step up and lead!
Author: Dennis Smith
Publisher: Broadway Books
Release Date: 2010-07-07
An unforgettable journey through the daily lives of the brave men and women who have made saving lives their profession. Dennis Smith, author of Report from Engine Co. 82, traveled across the country talking to dozens of America’s firefighters to put together this powerful collection of their own descriptions of their most dramatic and intense experiences on the job. Their stories, compiled here, are timeless testimonies to the human capacity for heroism and nobility. Focusing on the most courageous firefighters, from those who have been decorated for heroism to those who have been seriously injured, Firefighters presents the extraordinarily rich and rugged voices of men and women who fight urban building fires, who battle sweeping forest fires, who perform emergency rescues, and who face extreme danger and risk as part of their everyday lives. Sometimes brave, sometimes funny, sometimes bittersweet or filled with anger, these voices combine to make Firefighters both a riveting adventure drama and a moving chronicle of American heroism at its finest. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Have you ever arrived on the scene of a house fire to find a frantic woman in the driveway? As a firefighter, you know instinctively what this means: there is a child inside. You immediately enter “the zone,” because you know what to do. This is based on your training and experience. The feeling of being “in the zone,” is referred to in the field of positive psychology as “the flow.” Multiple studies have shown that, if people have the proper training and experience, they will make better decisions in emerging situations while in a flow-state. How can your organization help your people experience flow more often, thereby improving their decision-making? This book describes what flow is and what flow-based decision making and flow-based leadership look like. It also details a flow-based leadership model for implementation, based on an extreme, experiential training program in the fire service called Georgia Smoke Diver (GSD). This model consists of : Leading by example Communicating purpose Committing to a stable infrastructure Binding the group through ritual, knowledge sharing, and collaboration Honoring individual creativity to promote innovation Using positive motivation techniques Facilitating team flow. GSD’s success and longevity is a result of rigorous commitment to this model that helps firefighters stay safe, ensure excellence, and live a life of well-being, both personally and professionally. It is a model any organization can adopt to better the lives of the people within the organization and the lives of the people the organization serves. Whether you’re in the fire service or not, this book provides incredible and truly unique insights into leadership, decision making, and creating exceptionally effective organizational cultures. A must read for anyone who is in a position where his or her decisions impact the work and the lives of others. Judith’s writing ignites the imagination with stories that are inspiring, engaging, and deeply moving. You will walk away with a new appreciation for the importance of being “in the flow” and a simple but powerful framework for creating a meaningful and purpose-driven life. Thomas Koulopoulos Chairman Delphi Group, Author The Gen Z Effect Dr. Judy (as she is fondly known in the fire service) has presented us with a uniquely insightful look at firefighter decision making, going beyond the traditional analytical and weaving the naturalistic with the possible. This is a roadmap for upcoming leaders in any organization in which decisions must be made in chaotic, uncertain and rapidly evolving situations. David M. Wall, Division Director Georgia Fire Academy Throughout my career, I have had the privilege and honor of training with hundreds of high risk professionals. This book gets to the heart of why and more importantly how these individuals can perform at such a high level every day, with on and off the job stresses that are off the charts! Ed Naggiar, PhD U.S. Navy SEAL Officer
Author: Nick Brunacini
Publisher: Across the Street Prod.
Release Date: 2008-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Brunacini makes the observation that fire departments more closely resemble cults or severely dysfunctional families than a regular workforce. He brings the reader into the closed world of fire station life and the wide range of personalities that a fire station houses.
This book was written to help new firefighters know and understand what will be expected of them when they are first assigned to a fire station and throughout their probationary period; as well as assist fire departments and training academies effectively prepare their personnel for all aspects of station life. This is one of the most exciting, and stressful, times in a new recruit's life. For someone who has always dreamed of, or is even just now considering, becoming a firefighter, this book paints a realistic picture of the expectations a new recruit faces. It includes all the details, from what to do around the station to some suggestions on how to be more successful at an emergency scene. Most rookies have to discover all of this through a painful process of trial and error. This book is designed to shorten that learning curve and to help the reader become an outstanding new firefighter from day one.
Author: Jim Silvernail
Publisher: Fire Engineering Books
Release Date: 2013
Suburban Fire Tactics is a guide for suburban-based fire operations. All fire departments share the same common objectives: to save lives, protect and conserve property, and limit harm to the environment. How urban, rural, and suburban agencies differ is in the delivery of tactics and strategies. This book explains the factors that limit suburban operations and depicts the differences between urban and suburban capabilities. This is a valuable resource for policymakers, chief officers, company officers, and firefighters (both veteran and neophyte). Features and benefits: * Understand the key objectives and strategies for suburban operations. * Obtain a guide to develop suggested operating methods for suburban firefighting. * Gain the knowledge to develop and apply successful fireground tactics in suburban settings.