Fire Officer's Handbook of Tactics, Fourth Edition

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The ONE Handbook thousands of fire officers and firefighters look to for safe, fireground-tested strategies and tactics!

With this fourth edition, Chief John Norman once again offers lessons learned during his extensive and time-honored career. In his highly readable style, Chief Norman imparts his wisdom and experience by offering advice informed by actual outcomes from the fireground and tying all the elements together into an understandable big picture. This guide continues to be invaluable for firefighters aspiring to the officer level and those seeking to promote safety and effectiveness in their organization and the communities they serve by improving their own skills.

Divided into two parts—General Firefighting Tactics and Specific Fire Situations—Fire Officer’s Handbook of Tactics, 4th Edition, begins with establishing the ground rules for structural firefighting and then moves on to specific situations, dealing with fires and emergencies in the most common structures and occupancies. The many photos, illustrations, and anecdotes help readers further understand the concepts and lessons in the text.

NEW to this edition
Chief John Norman has updated his best-selling handbook for fire officers and firefighters to include:

  • A new chapter on lightweight construction
  • A new chapter on electrical fire and emergencies
  • Updates to many chapters including such topics as wind-driven fires
  • Many new illustrations



  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Part I: General firefighting tactics
  • General principles of firefighting
  • Size-Up
  • Engine company operations
  • Hoseline selection, stretching, and placement
  • Water supply
  • Sprinkler systems and standpipe operations
  • Ladder company operations
  • Forcible entry
  • Ventilation
  • Search and rescue
  • Part II: Specific fire situations
  • Firefighter survival
  • Operations in lightweight buildings
  • Private dwellings
  • Multiple dwellings
  • Garden apartment and townhouse fires
  • Store fires--Œ‹taxpayers and strip malls
  • High-rise office buildings
  • Buildings under construction, renovation, and demolition
  • Fire-Related Emergencies: incinerators, oil Burners, and gas leaks
  • Electrical fires and emergencies
  • Structural collapse
  • Fire department roles in terrorism and homeland security
  • Glossary
  • Index

654 Pages/Hardcover/8.5x11/2012
ISBN10 1-59370-279-5