Strategic and Tactical Considerations on the Fireground

Strategic and Tactical Considerations on the Fireground

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For Strategy and Tactics courses.Fireground provides a real-life approach developed from hands-on experience not third party description. The author uses over 35 years of experience as a Deputy Chief with the Philadelphia Fire Department in handling major incidents, coupled with many years of teaching, to explain situations and problems that can confront an emergency responder. This text utilizes systems to identify problems at an incident scene and to find solutions to those problems through strategic decision-making and development of an incident management system. It provides current data, including rapid intervention teams, terrorism, cue-based decision-making and infrared technology.
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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 210.82 x 259.08 x 30.48mm | 1,133.98g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 0130614513
  • 9780130614513

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The author's 35 years of experience contributes to the real-life approach of this text, blending theory with personal experience. "Stategic and Tactical Considerations on the Fireground" uses a systems approach to guide you through the process of problem identification and solution response. From pre-incident planning to incident scene control, this text provides the tools for response in numerous situations including among others, building collapse, high rise fires, strip malls, and large commercial buildings. Features Include: The command sequence method for problem identification and strategy tactics. Cue-Based Decision-Making, taught by the National Fire Academy, to describe incident scene problem solving. Discussion of building construction -- the basic types and their strength, weaknesses, fire resistance and collapse potential.
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Table of contents

1. Preparation. Training. Pre-Incident Planning. Needed Fire Flow. The Fire Officer. Command Presence.2. Management Tools. Incident Management System. Incident Scene Control. Status Reports.3. Decision Making. Incident Scene Decision-Making. Size-Up. Developing Strategy, Tactics and Tasks. Modes of Fire Attack.4. Company Operations. Engine Company Operations. Truck Company Operations.5. Building Construction. Fire Resistive Construction. Non-Combustible/Limited Combustible Construction. Ordinary Construction. Heavy Timber Construction. Frame Buildings. Timber Truss. Lightweight Building Components.6. Building Collapse and Scene Safety. Building Collapse. Collapse Search. Safety.7. Special Situations and Occupancies. Basement and Cellar Fires. Garden Apartments. Rowhouses. Vacant Buildings. Renovated Buildings. Large Commercial Buildings and Warehouses. Strip Malls. Enclosed Shopping Malls. Houses of Worship. Lumberyards. Public Assembly. High Rise Buildings.8. Technical Operations. Hazardous Material Incidents and the Initial Responder. Terrorism Incidents.9. After the Incident. Incident Critiques. Critical Incident Stress. Epilogue.Appendix A. Performance Standard: Stang Gun Operations. Appendix B. Quick Action Preplan. Appendix C. Vital Building Information Sheet. Appendix D. Incident Command Organizational Chart. Glossary. Index.
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About James P. Smith

James P. Smith was appointed to the Philadelphia Fire Department on June 29, 1966. He was promoted to lieutenant on December 18, 1972; to captain on December 30, 1974; to battalion chief on August 3,1981; and to deputy chief on June 27,1987. Deputy chief is the highest civil service position. Chief Smith reports to the deputy commissioner. He has worked on both engine and ladder companies and in every section of the city. He has served as director of the Philadelphia Fire Academy. In this role, he was the departmental safety officer and responded on multiple alarm fires performing the safety officer's function. Additional areas of responsibility included the research and planning unit. Under his direction, a major accomplishment teas a change from three-quarter length boots to the bunker gear concept. This involved a retrofitting process whereby three-quarter length boots and long coats were cut down, and bunker pants were purchased. This proved highly successful and saved the department over $1 million. This gear concept became a prototype used by many departments. A new position of departmental grant officer was created and proved highly successful. This individual was able to secure funding for many programs that the budget was unable to accommodate. Chief Smith has been associated with the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland, since 1982. He is a graduate of the prestigious Executive Fire Officer's Program and is an adjunct instructor. He has developed and taught many programs. He has lectured throughout the United States on incident management, safety, church fires, building construction, building collapse, strategy and tactics, tank farm fires, and high-rise firefighting.
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