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Fire Department Incident Safety Officer



This third edition of Fire Department Incident Safety Officer prepares aspiring and current safety officers to meet and exceed the specific job requirements outlined in Chapter 5 of NFPA 1521: Standard for Fire Department Safety Officer, 2015 Edition. This extensively revised third edition includes current information on responding to incidents involving hazardous materials, wildland fire, technical rescue, and other disasters. In addition, this edition provides methods for the development and improvement of existing safety programs.

Fire Department Incident Safety Officer is divided into three sections: Preparing the Incident Safety Officer, Front-Loading Your Knowledge and Skills, and The Incident Safety Officer On-Scene. Each section comprises chapters related to each of the three main topics, and in a casual, straightforward manner, thoroughly describes the best practices for the ISO, incorporating the most current data available.

The Third Edition features include:

  • A new chapter dedicated to the use of ISOs at training activities and planned, nonemergency events
  • Content that aligns with the new NFPA 1521, Standard for Fire Department Safety Officer Professional Qualifications (2015 edition)
  • Updated firefighter rehabilitation strategies
  • Updated content that reflects a complete understanding of the issues and concerns associated with newer and alternative building construction methods, including “green” construction and renewable/alternative electrical power sources
  • Specific ISO concerns associated with fire suppression staffing, deployment, and NFPA 1710/1720 criteria
  • Results from recent fire behavior research projects, conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Underwriters Laboratories
  • Thought-provoking case studies and follow-up questions in each chapter
  • Constructive tips and safety information were noted throughout

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Table of Contents
  • Section  1  Preparing the Incident Safety Officer
  •   Chapter  1  The Safety Officer Role
  •   Chapter  2  Safety Concepts
  •   Chapter  3  Guiding Laws, Regulations, and Standards
  •   Chapter  4  Designing an Incident Safety Officer System
  • Section  2  Front-Loading Your Knowledge and Skills
  •   Chapter  5  Reading Buildings
  •   Chapter  6  Reading Smoke
  •   Chapter  7  Reading Risk
  •   Chapter  8  Reading Hazardous Energy
  •   Chapter  9  Reading Firefighters
  • Section  3  The Incident Safety Officer On-Scene: A Reference Guide
  •   Chapter  10  Triggers, Traps, and Working with the Incident Commander
  •   Chapter  11  A Systematic Approach to the ISO Role
  •   Chapter  12  The ISO at Structure Fires
  •   Chapter  13  The ISO at Wildland and I-Zone Fires
  •   Chapter  14  The ISO at Hazardous Materials Incidents
  •   Chapter  15  The ISO at Technical Rescue Incidents
  •   Chapter  16  Postincident Responsibilities and Mishap Investigations
  •   Chapter  17  The ISO at Training Drills and Special Events
  • Appendix  A  Sample SOPs
  • Appendix  B  Checklists
  • Appendix  C  ICS Forms
  • Appendix  D  ProBoard Assessment Methodology Matrix for NFPA 1521, Standard for Fire Department Safety Officer Professional Qualifications, 2015 edition


About the Author

Dave started his fire service career with the United States Air (USAF) and after the USAF spent seven years as a fire officer and training/safety officer for the Parker, Colorado Fire District. He then became the first career training officer for Loveland, Colorado Fire, and Rescue Department, and rose through the ranks as a company officer, hazardous materials technician, and emergency manager for the city of Loveland, Colorado. He also served as a shift battalion chief with Eagle River, Colorado Fire District. He currently owns his own company, Response Solutions, which is dedicated to teaching firefighter safety and practical incident handling. Dave has served as the chair of the NFPA 1521 Task Group and served on the NFPA Fire Service Occupational Safety and Health Technical Committee. He also works closely with the Fire Department Incident Safety Officers Association. Dave is the course developer for the popular Incident Safety Officer Academy and the Art of Reading Smoke programs and has presented to well over 20,000 fire officers in North America. Dave is a nationally respected author.

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Weight 1.31 lbs
Dimensions 8.4 × 0.6 × 10.7 in
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