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Strategic and Tactical Considerations on the Fireground Study Guide, First Edition
     

Strategic and Tactical Considerations on the Fireground Study Guide, First Edition

by James P. Smith
 

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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

A deputy chief of the Philadelphia Fire Department and instructor at the National Fire Academy, Smith synthesizes insights that he has learned over his many years fighting fires but cannot be taught in textbooks. Much of the material is repeated, both to emphasize important points and so fire fighters can read a chapter on a specific topic without having to refer to other chapters. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781553697640
Publisher:
Trafford Publishing
Publication date:
09/24/2002
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

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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