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by John Norman, Chief of Special Operations (Ret.), FDNY

John Norman has updated his best-selling book, a guide for the firefighter and fire officer who, having learned the basic mechanics of the trade, are looking for specific methods for handling specific situations.

In this new fourth edition, readers will find a new chapter on lightweight construction, a new chapter on electrical fires and emergencies, updates to many chapters including such topics as wind-driven fires, and 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 firesŒëŒ‹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

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Weight 5.8 lbs