Synopses & Reviews
Perform to an optimum level on the fireground by learning safe response methods based on the knowledge of how a fire starts, reacts, and escalates under various conditions. Straight-forward and reader-friendly, Fire Behavior and Combustion Processes clearly explains the key technical points of fire behavior and how each relates to the tasks involved in firefighting. Rather than an engineering-level text, this resource offers basic need-to-know information and examples to illustrate to firefighters and students why it is essential to their jobs to understand how a fire behaves - whether they are working in a burning building or are involved in a vehicle extrication. Based on the National Fire Academy FESHE course Fire Behavior and Combustion Processes, this book is essential to fire programs in colleges, academies, and departments.
About the Author
Ray Shackleford is a professor and director of the Fire Protection Administration program at California State University at Los Angeles, and a retired fire chief with over 40 years of experience in the fire service. Dr. Shackelford has led and participated in numerous committees and projects that are seen in current academic thought, and in fire department emergency and administrative management practices. His background and knowledge put him in great demand by governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations throughout the United States and as a consultant to governments around the world. He has visited Japan, China, and Taiwan a number of times and has provided valuable assistance in emergency preparedness and fire service operations. A visionary, Dr. Shackelford has been instrumental in the shape of the fire service, as a senior fire official, author, lecturer, and professor.
Table of Contents
Special Section: Death and Injury Rates: The American Experience. American Fire Service: The Past, Present and Future. Fire Chemistry. Combustion Processes. Extinguishing Agents. Foundations of Firefighting Tactics and Strategies. Special Concerns in Firefighting. High Rise Building Fires. Wildland Fires. Transportation Fires. Hazardous Materials and Warning Systems. Glossary.