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Management in the Fire Service, 4th Edition

  • Harry R. Carter
  • Erwin Rausch
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • ISBN-10: 0763751693
  • ISBN-13: 9780763751692
  • 0 Pages | Hardcover
  • COPYRIGHT: 2008 Published
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About the Product

Sharpen your leadership skills and improve departmental performance with Management in the Fire Service, Fourth Edition. This text is the best source for proven strategies on handling managerial challenges unique to the fire service. Readers will find the latest on vital topics such as pre-fire planning, incident command, public fire and life safety education, management of financial resources, and training. In addition to the inclusion of new chapters on size-up and company operations, the Fourth Edition is also loaded with new chapter features including learning objectives, key term definitions, case studies, and end-of-chapter review questions. The Fourth Edition of Management in the Fire Service provides systematic guidance to help you implement enhanced leadership and decision-making skills. Loaded with thought-provoking managerial insights, this textbook is designed to be a current and future fire service leader’s how-to guide into evaluating the critical decisions that impact a fire department’s internal and external functions. Through the use of straight-forward advice, the Fourth Edition will help you make the right call when faced with challenges relating to fire prevention and code enforcement, pre-incident planning, personnel issues, financial resource management, and emergency incident response.


  • Learning objectives are provided for each chapter.

  • Key terms are easily identified and defined within the text. A comprehensive list with definitions follows each chapter.

  • Comprehensive scenarios with detailed analyses are used throughout the text.

  • “FYI” boxes provide additional information on the subject matter presented.

  • Review questions are available to test readers retention of the materials presented in the chapter.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction to Management in the Fire Service
Chapter 2: Management Functions in the Fire Service and Fire Officer Responsibilities
Chapter 3: Commanding the Response to an Emergency Incident
Chapter 4: Fire Prevention and Code Enforcement
Chapter 5: Fire and Life Safety Education
Chapter 6: Pre-Incident Planning and Related Loss Reduction Activities
Chapter 7: Management of Physical Resources
Chapter 8: Management of Financial Resources
Chapter 9: Fire Service Personnel Management
Chapter 10: Employee Relations in the Fire Service
Chapter 11: Training as a Management Function
Chapter 12: Fire Department Services Beyond Firefighting

Appendix A Fire Service-Specific and Management/Leadership Guidelines
Appendix B Defining Problems
Appendix C Examples of Goals, Objectives, and Tactical Steps for Fire Departments and Officers
Appendix D Defensive Strategies
Appendix E Seven Reasons for Using Multiple Alarms
Appendix F The 3Cs Model
Appendix G FESHE Fire Administration I Correlation Grid


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Toolkit CD-ROM for Management in the Fire Service  (ISBN-10: 0763756903 | ISBN-13: 9780763756901)