Fire Engineering Training Community

Where firefighters come to talk training

If you don't own this book, BUY IT! I regret not buying it and reading it sooner.

What are your top 5 books that every firefighter should read and understand?

Listed in no particular order are mine:

Random Thoughts (Brennen)
Truck Company Operations (Mittendorf)
Fire Officer's Handbook of Tactics (Norman)
Brannigan's Building Const (Not the new version though. I am sorry to say that after reading that book, I was more than a little disappointed. The older Brannigans are much better, in my humble opinion)
High Rise Ops (McGrail)

Anyone Else?

Views: 239

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

All your books above are a must have for any dedicated firefighter or officer. I do agree that the 4th ed of brannigan's building construction is a little disappointing. You should add one more excellent book to your list and it should always be a must read and go to book when you need an answer. Fireground Strategies by Deputy Chief Anthony Avillo. He just came out with the second edition. The study guide that accompanies the first edition is also a valuable asset.
I was able to take Chief Avillo's class when he came to Seattle. It rocked. An excellent book choice!
Collapse of Burning Buildings - Vincent Dunn
Safety & Survival on the Fireground - Vincent Dunn
Lasky's new book-Pride and Ownership, The love for the Job

This book is a good book for the newer guys (and older).
Somewhat old but not out of date are FIRE FIGHTING / PRINCIPLES & PRACTICES by William E. Clark and HIGH RISE / FIRE & LIFE SAFETY by John T. O'Hagan. Two others that would give a much broader understanding and insight, especially as far as seeing how the job is done in Europe are FOG ATTACK and EURO FIREFIGHTER both by Paul Grimwood, retired officer of the London, UK fire brigade.

Reply to Discussion


Policy Page


The login above DOES NOT provide access to Fire Engineering magazine archives. Please go here for our archives.


Our contributors' posts are not vetted by the Fire Engineering technical board, and reflect the views and opinions of the individual authors. Anyone is welcome to participate.

For vetted content, please go to

We are excited to have you participate in our discussions and interactive forums. Before you begin posting, please take a moment to read our community policy page.  

Be Alert for Spam
We actively monitor the community for spam, however some does slip through. Please use common sense and caution when clicking links. If you suspect you've been hit by spam, e-mail

FE Podcasts

Check out the most recent episode and schedule of

© 2023   Created by fireeng.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service