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Although I do not agree with Chief Laymen on nozzle selection, I think his 1953  book titled: Fire Fighting Tactics is still  great reference material.

Here is a small sample: "A battlefield does not give an opportunity for study, one does what he can to apply what he already knows, therefore, it is necessary that he know thoroughly and be able to use his knowledge quickly." - Marshall Foch. The art of war and art of firefighting have much in common and the words of Marshall Foch are as true of the fireground as they are of the battlefield.

This is truer today than it was 61 years in my opinion. Small unit  and command training is essential basic training to be as prepared as possible when the alarm comes in. Practical training must done on hose/nozzle work, search, FE, VES, ventilation, RIT, ladders, and command (not all inclusive).

Another good book is Passion of Command: The Moral Imperative of Leadership  by Col. B.P. McCoy USMC.   

Below are my training expectations for my battalion:

http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/print/volume-166/issue-9/de...

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