Well, naturally, with spring in the air you’re stress’n trying to figure out what to read this summer. Well relax, in addition to Howard Stern’s new book, here are just a few new ones that you may wanna check out. To us, fire books offer something unique: someone’s ideas and perspective – and from those, you then determine what works best for you in your environment. Because like recipe books, not every recipe is gonna be the best.
FULLY INVOLVED LEADERSHIP:
Long-time paramedic, firefighter and Chief Gary Ludwig has put together his latest book focused on “leading” – but at every level. The book also features chapter reviews, takeaways etc. Gary is the incoming president of the IAFC and from his career brings a whole lot of interesting experiences that we can all benefit from.
AVAILABLE HERE: https://tinyurl.com/y3exlubq
THE FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE SPACE:
This is Chief Vincent Dunn’s latest and is focused on building construction. Without wasting your time, it is this simple: If you go to building fires, go into building fires, command building fires, investigate building fires, you must read this book. There are few chiefs as well versed and as genuinely and passionately interested in helping us understand the fire environment within a building than Chief Dunn. The book is packed with new and updated information including Chief Dunn’s “modern” take on lightweight construction, fire behavior, UL, NIST and related modern fire studies.
AVAILABLE HERE: https://www.fire-police-ems.
THE NEW COMPANY OFFICER:
The company officer position is the most critical position in the fire service. Fires, personnel issues, rescues and whatever keeps chiefs up at night, is lead, fixed or failed at the company officer level-where the rubber meets the road. Unfortunately in so many areas, pre-training, training and continued training of the company officer is not what it clearly should be. This book, from Chief Jason Hoevelmann is a huge opportunity for a “hand book” approach that should be in every firehouse.
AVAILABLE HERE: https://tinyurl.com/y5mczfej
FROM BUDDY TO BOSS-2nd EDITION:
As noted above, if it happens-or doesn’t-in the fire service, it’s almost always at the hands of the company officer. Chief Chase Sargent’s book is the “I GOT PROMOTED NOW WHAT” bible related to the specific transition when you go from a firehouse BUDDY to the firehouse BOSS. Actually, this is THE book to read before you test for promotion so that you have a clear idea of what being a 2019 fire officer is and is not.
AVAILABLE HERE: https://tinyurl.com/yyh8h3bg
THE FIRE OFFICERS GUIDE TO OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH
While this book may not sound sexy, it’s definitely not sexy when an avoidable critical injury occurs to one of your members and the legal folks start asking questions – you know …THAT stuff … that we wanna avoid, but aren’t always sure what to do proactively. Long time Firefighter & Chief Ronnie Kanterman takes the confusing and the frustrating and makes it simple and easy to understand. He walks you through a simple process on how to realistically set up and manage your departments firefighting and operational risk.
AVAILABLE HERE: https://tinyurl.com/yyspyrf8
NOTE: That’s a few of some of the new books out there. If you are aware of a new book for firefighters that you’ve read and that we should consider sharing, please let us know.
Looking for more books? Here are two great places to check out all the great selections:
PASS IT ON III :
Most of the contributors (about 70% new contributors) are currently writing their chapters and it is planned for an FDIC roll out next spring. As with the first two “Pass It On” books, 100% of the proceeds will be donated, and this year we are adding the Ray Pfeifer Foundation to the groups (The Chief Ray Downey Scholarship, FCSN, NFFF Fallen FF Kids Camps) that will benefit. We promise you that you will love this third and final Pass It On series book.
PLEASE CHECK OUT THESE UPCOMING AWARDS—TIME IS TIGHT!
Each year the Safety, Health & Survival Section of the IAFC accepts nominations for the SHS firefighter safety, health and survival awards. NOTE that these close at midnight this Friday (11:59 PM ET on 05/17). I strongly urge you to consider some nominations from your own department, association or neighboring department
HERE are the 4 different awards
The Alan Brunacini Fire Service Executive Safety Award application: https://app.smarterselect.com/
The Fire Service Organizational Safety Award (Department or Agency)
The Chief Sandy Davis Safety Officer of the Year: https://app.smarterselect.com/
The Garry Briese IAFC Safety Performance Award: https://app.smarterselect.com/
And here is an overview of the awards:
Please take few minutes to consider THAT PERSON or THAT AGENCY who has made a recognizable difference!
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 5/14/2019-1749 Hours