Essentials of Fire Fighting, 6th Edition

Essentials of Fire Fighting, 6th Edition

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Essentials of Fire Fighting is a fire service training manual produced by Fire Protection Publications (FPP) and the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA). Fire Protection Publications is a department of the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology (CEAT) a division within Oklahoma State University (OSU), in Stillwater, Oklahoma. This manual is used by fire service training agencies and departments around the world to train personnel to become firefighters. The Essentials of Fire Fighting is the required training manual used in countless local fire departments and state/provincial training agencies in every region of the United States and Canada.

IFSTA’s Essentials of Fire Fighting has been THE source for training safe and successful firefighters since the publication of the 1st edition in 1977. Generations of firefighters have built their fire and emergency responder careers based on the knowledge and skills honed with Essentials of Fire Fighting as their companion for basic skills and information for 35 years. Essentials is the standard of practice for fire fighting knowledge and skills in North America and beyond.

The 6th edition is completely revised for today’s firefighters and begins the next 35 years of excellence for the manual and for the firefighters who use it. The 6th edition contains all the information and skills needed to meet the requirements for NFPA® 1001: Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, 2013 Edition. This manual includes: all new learning objectives, key terms noted in boxes in the margins of each chapter, case histories, and all new review questions in each chapter designed to enhance a student’s understanding. The content is presented in a single column format proven most effective for reading comprehension for adult learners. Warnings, Cautions, and Safety Alerts emphasize safety at all times for new firefighters mastering basic skills. Skill sheets show safe methods for performing each firefighter skill. Each chapter clearly delineates Fire Fighter I knowledge and skills from Fire Fighter II addressing each in separate sections of the chapters. Photographs are enhanced with graphics, all illustrations are new and improved there are additional tables to make content more relevant for visual learners. Appendix A is a correlation matrix for all NFPA® 1001 JPR’s referenced to page numbers for each knowledge and skill requirement.

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Chapter List:

Chapter 1: Orientation and Fire Service History Chapter 13: Tactical Ventilation
Chapter 2: Firefighter Safety and Health Chapter 14: Water Supply
Chapter 3: Fire Department Communications Chapter 15: Fire Hose
Chapter 4: Building Construction Chapter 16: Fire Stream
Chapter 5: Fire Behavior Chapter 17: Fire Control
Chapter 6: Firefighter Personal Protective Equipment Chapter 18: Loss Control
Chapter 7: Portable Fire Extinguishers Chapter 19: Fire Origin and Cause
Chapter 8: Ropes, Webbing, and Knots Chapter 20: Fire Protection Systems
Chapter 9: Structural Search, Victim Removal, and Firefighter Survival Chapter 21: Fire and Life Safety Initiatives
Chapter 10: Scene Lighting, Rescue Tools, Vehicle Extrication and Technical Rescue* Chapter 22: Emergency Medical Care for Fire Department First Responders
Chapter 11: Forcible Entry* Chapter 23: Hazards, Behavior, and Identification of Hazardous Materials/WMD
Chapter 12: Ground Ladders* Chapter 24: Mitigating Hazardous Materials/WMD


* Chapters 22-24 are only available in the expanded version, Essentials of Fire Fighting and Fire Department Operations, 6th Edition

  • Publisher: Fire Protection Publications
  • ISBN: 978-0-87939-509-4
  • Edition: 6th Edition
  • Year: 2013
  • Pages: 1400
  • IFSTA Item Number: 36922

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