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Exploring the distinct stressors firefighters face during medical calls
A trailblazing memoir from Clare Frank, California’s first (and only) female chief of fire protection
FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief Frank Leeb details the response to American Airlines Flight 587, which crashed in Queens just 2 months after 9/11
What happens when the sights, sounds and smells from tragedy become too much to bear
Bobbie Scopa describes a humorous incident that took place while working a wildland fire
Jeremy Norton’s memoir captures the personal toll the job exacts, as well as the unique perspective afforded by sustained direct encounters with the sick, the dying and the dead
An inside look at the intense world of trail “dogging” and wildland firefighting
Exploring the dynamics of leading in the firehouse, personal responsibility, customer service, mental health and more
Retired Captain Cindie Schooner-Ball offers readers a woman’s perspective on working in this male-dominated profession
Ruby has been assigned to Minneapolis Fire Station 7 for three months when she finally responds to her first house fire
Lt. Douglas Brown uses fiction and inspiration from Dickens’ classic novella to spotlight first responder PTSD
A novel by Lindy Bell inspired by the true-life story of firefighter occupational cancer and the people it hurts
Assistant Chief Steve Serbic shares his story of seeking counseling after a series of traumatic calls
Leadership
Learning to coach yourself and create habits for success are critical early steps so you can better manage your members
Learn the Zen-like techniques to stay grounded while navigating danger and comforting others
Tips, ideas and tricks of the trade that experienced firefighters have shared to help others become better and safer firefighters
Attorney Lance J. LoRusso helps firefighters navigate OPS and discipline cases
FDNY
Deputy Chief Thomas Dunne’s memoir explores the dynamics of being a firefighter, lessons learned on the job, and the brotherhood
David Pike shares gripping accounts of working in the London Fire Brigade
Chief Bill Killen – surviving member of the original Apollo rescue team and former IAFC president – details the history of these unique teams
Mynda Ohs shares advice based on her own marriage to a firefighter and her background in counseling first responders
Leadership
Chief Gary Ludwig offers real-world experiences and lessons that serve as a roadmap for any aspiring firefighter, a company or chief officer looking to go to the next level
“You will be judged, not by your great God-given skills, or intelligence, but by your attitude”
Repeat these three exercises as much as you need and as often as you can leading up to the interview
Fire Chief
Chief Gary Ludwig gives a dramatic account of his long career as a paramedic and firefighter in the violent neighborhoods of St. Louis and Memphis
Fire Chief
Chief Gary Ludwig gives a dramatic account of his long career as a paramedic and firefighter in the violent neighborhoods of St. Louis and Memphis
Firefighter Dr. David Griffin reveals how lessons learned from the deadly 2007 Sofa Super Store Fire led to changes that other departments can benefit from