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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: J. Thomas Pierce, MBBS PhD(Navy Environmental Health Center)
Description: This is the third edition of a popular book used by fire services and others on both required and optional training related to occupational safety and health. It is consistent with a recommended course offered through the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education series.
Purpose: The third edition seeks to incorporate important knowledge derived from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 1500 series, NFPA Standard 1710, and other applicable NFPA standards. The edition also includes recent statistics and new OSHA regulations.
Audience: This will have strong readership among both volunteer and municipal fire departments. Given the supplemental materials (quizzes, handouts, and online resources), it will be useful to instructors, students, safety officers, fire and EMS department managers, and other professionals.
Features: The 13 chapters have been updated along with three helpful indexes (2010 Firefighter Fatality Survey, two-in/two-out rule, and the Firefighter Life Safety Summit Report).
Assessment: This book is unique in that it weds expertise ordinarily existing in the fire service about elements of fire protection and prevention with high-level expertise in occupational safety and health. While this might appear to the public to be an obvious merger, it is not. For decades there have been experts who knew about either subject area but struggled to integrate the two at a high level. With this edition comes new perspectives and a thorough drill-down addressing thorny issues such as the relationship of nontraumatic firefighter deaths in the immediate period following high exertion periods. I liked it and will recommend it to colleagues in the field.