Safety and Survival on the Fireground, 2nd Edition

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Chief Dunn—the recipient of FDNY's Lifetime Achievement Award—has updated his classic book on how to identify and survive hazards on the fireground. Dunn attempts to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries year after year by describing the 15 most dangerous tactics and the 13 most recurring fire and explosion environmental dangers, ranked by degree of danger and frequency of occurrence.

This indispensable book will help keep every first responder, firefighter, and fire officer out of harm’s way. It is a must-read and reread for every firefighter who responds to fires and emergencies, every company officer who commands a fire company, and every incident commander or safety officer who is responsible for the safety of firefighters on the fireground.


  • Examination of “aggressive interior firefighting attack” and “nonaggressive attack”
  • Discussion of risk intensity and risk frequency at the fireground
  • Visual representation and discussion of the NIST five-stage time/temperature fire growth curve showing temperatures before and after firefighter venting
  • Coverage of the Columbia University Capstone Project: FDNY Property Saved Indicator, with a formula to quickly calculate the dollar amount of property saved at a structure fire
  • Updated statistics, graphs, and charts


1. Death and injury statistics 
2. Collapse rescue dangers 
3. Responding and returning dangers 
4. Searching for fire location dangers 
5. Advancing the initial attack hoseline dangers 
6. Operating above fire dangers 
7. Peaked and flat roof dangers 
8. Cellar fire dangers 
9. Propane gas fire dangers 
10. Wildfire dangers 
11. Aerial ladder climbing dangers 
12. Forcible entry dangers 
13. Master stream operation dangers 
14. Dangers of outside venting 
15. Fire escape dangers 
16. Overhauling dangers 
17. Risk analysis dangers 
18. Interior firefighting dangers 
19. Exterior firefighting dangers 
20. Safe firefighting practices: 60 ways to survive firefighting 
21. Firefighting dangers: causes of death and injury 
22. Fire hazard identification and assessment 
23. Safety orders and actions 
24. Firefighter’s legacy 
Appendix: Is your fire department safe? 
NFPA 1500 Checklist 
Interpretations of NFPA 1500 
About the author

456 Pages/Hardcover/7x10/2015
ISBN10 159370349X