Fire and Emergency Services Safety & Survival

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-04-08
  • Publisher: Pearson
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The Fire service has long been considered a profession plagued with a history of unavoidable tragedy. As the number of line of duty deaths and injuries continues to be staggering year after year, Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survivalexposes the false mentality of #x1C;doing whatever it takes#x1D; and provides solutions for both the individual and fire department.#xA0; The content developed is based on the 16 Life Safety Initiatives developed by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Under the guidance of an editor, each chapter is written by a contributor with extensive expertise on the topic, and incorporates FESHE and NFPA references guidelines throughout. Complemented by Key Terms and Review Questions as well as a robust supplements package in MyFireKit for both students and instructors, this first edition text focuses on the need for a cultural and behavioral change in the fire and emergency services and asks each reader to challenge the existing attitudes toward safety. #xA0;

Author Biography

Travis Ford is the Director of the Fire Science Technology Program at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee. He additionally serves as an adjunct instructor for the U. S. Department of Homeland Security National Emergency Training Center in several areas including the National Incident Management System, Incident Command for High-rise Operations and Fire Protection Systems for Emergency Operations. Mr. Ford holds an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from Tennessee State University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Administration from the University of Memphis, and a Master’s of Science Degree in Human Resource Development from the University of Tennessee. He has also completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy.


Currently serving as a District Chief on shift with the Nashville Fire Department in the busiest district in the city, he has ascended the ranks over his 25 year career with Nashville. He has been responsible for developing programs for company officer training and high-rise operations and recently served on the high-rise committee for International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA). Additionally, Mr. Ford served as the  Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Vice-Chair for the National Fire Science  Degree Programs  Committee: Associate’s Curriculum  and is currently serving on the High School to College Pathways Committee.

Table of Contents

  1. Fire and Emergency Services Culture

  2. Personal and Organizational Accountability

  3. Risk Management

  4. Unsafe Practices

  5. Professional Development

  6. Medical, Fitness, Rehab and Performance Standards

  7. Data Collection and Research

  8. Emerging Technologies

  9. Fatality and Injury Investigations

10. Grant Programs

11. Emergency Response

12. Occupational and Behavioral Health in the Emergency Services

13. Public Education, Code Enforcement, and Residential Sprinklers

14. Emergency Response Vehicles and Equipment

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