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Top Firefighting Books – 54 Must Read Books for Firefighters

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I have compiled a list of "Must Read" books as told to me by my readers. I asked what the best fire service books were and got over 50 books mentioned in over 80 comments over at The Fire Critic Facebook Page. Sure, there may be some that were left out, but I think this is a pretty decent list! I have not read many of these...I didn't even know about many of them before today. I have included links to Amazon, so you can get more information and/or purchase them at decent prices. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments if they don't appear here. There are 54 books listed below. Many of the authors have more books on and off this list.

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Video: LAFD Commercial Fire in Boyle Heights District

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10-19-2014 Los Angeles Firefighters first on scene at “Barrios Casting Company” (a metal casting business) had fire and smoke showing from a 7200 square ft. one story commercial building in L.A.’s Boyle Heights district. There were reports LAPD Officers on “routine” patrol noticing the building on fire at 1459 S. Lorena Street and called it in. Firefighters forced entry through rolling steel doors and encountered heavy fire conditions. Firefighters were ordered off the roof and out of the building as heavy fire engulfed the structure. LA Firefighters then went defensive, knocking down the flames with several hand-lines, a wagon battery and two ladder pipes. Fire/Rescue personnel also handled and restrained two “flipped out” friendly pit bull dogs, keeping them from running in between the apparatus and bumping into busy Firefighters. The dogs may have been guard dogs. There were no reported injuries, the main bulk of fire was knocked down in an hours time. Firefighters protecting adjacent exposures kept the fire to the building of origin. The cause of the intense late night blaze is under investigation. Smoke from the fire could be seen throughout East Los Angeles. -MNR-

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Helmet Cam: House Fire in Pine Hill, NJ

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Helmet camera video from Pine Hill, NJ. The intent of this video is to serve as a training aid to any fire department or firefighter interested by demonstrating the effectiveness of a single, well-placed 1 3/4 inch attack hoseline and the subsequent order of actions affording the most effective fire suppression results.

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Video: Detroit Firefighters Battle 2 Alarm Fire in A Vacant Apartment Building

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On October 17th 2014 at 2:58PM, a building fire was reported in the vicinity of Grand River and West Chicago Boulevard. Upon arrival engine 42 found a vacant 4 story apartment building going throughout on two floors and requested 2 additional engines. An interior attack was made, but due to deteriorating fire conditions, all companies were ordered out. A 2nd alarm was requested, and companies went into defensive mode. requested a 2nd alarm, and Defensive operations were set up. Ladders 17 and 7 as well as two engine monitors fought the fire while struggling with low water pressure. The fire was brought mostly under control within two hours, though it continued to flare up for the rest of the night. The Stanhope apartment building was a total loss.

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