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Edited by Richard A. Marinucci

The Fire Chief’s Handbook, 7th Edition continues Fire Engineering’s 82-year tradition of publishing the definitive resource for advanced fire service training. The text has been completely updated to meet the changing environment and added responsibilities of the fire service. Returning authors have rewritten their chapter to address today’s leadership and administrative concerns, while new authors are also introduced to offer new perspectives.

This comprehensive guidebook is designed for firefighters, company officers, and chief officers of all ranks and department types who want the latest information on the fundamentals of leadership in the fire service, as well as managing the day-to-day operations of a fire department.


  • New chapters on politics, public relations, labor relations, consolidation, and professional development
  • Expanded chapter on hazardous materials includes all of the specialty technical rescue
  • Written from the perspective of a fire chief and how the topic relates to their job responsibilities
  • Some chapters have been combined for a total perspective within one unit, such as Fire Department Apparatus


Table of Contents:

1. Excellence in Fire Department Leadership Dennis Compton

2. Fire Department Management Ronny J. Coleman

3. Politics and the Fire Service Phil Kouwe

4. Financial Management and Purchasing Jeffrey R. Roemer

5. Management and the Law John Rukavina

6. Public Relations Kevin Roche and Sally Young

7. Fire Prevention and Code Enforcement Organization Glenn P. Corbett

8. Public Fire and Life Safety Education Billy D. Hayes

9. Investigating Fires Jon C. Jones

10. Emergency Medical Services Mike McEvoy

11. Emergency Management George Haddow

12. Wildland Fires Bill Sager

13. Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) Craig Carnell

14. Special Operations Corey Bartsch and Shadd Whitehead

15. Incident Command, Strategy, and Tactics Gary Seidel

16. Company Operations David W. Dodson

17. Fire Service Communications Bruce H. Varner

18. Current Concepts in Human Resource Management Norris Croom and Garry Briese

19. Labor Relations Adam K. Thiel

20. Safety and Occupational Health Ronald E. Kanterman

21. Training, Education, and Professional Development Ronald R. Dennis

22. Cooperative Service (Collaborative Response, Consolidation, Merger-Amalgamation) Jeff Johnson

23. Volunteer and Combination Fire and Emergency Service Organizations Shane Ray

24. Planning for Community Fire and Emergency Services Mark Wallace

25. Insurance Gradings of Fire Departments Tom Freeman

26. Protective Clothing and Equipment Robert Tutterow

27. Fire Department Apparatus William C. Peters

28. Fire Station and Facility Design Daniel Redstone

29. A Guide to Successfully Achieving, Executing, Concluding a Fire Service Leadership Position Mario Trevino

30. The Future of the Fire Service Billy Goldfeder and Friends

The Fire Chief's Handbook

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