Firefighter Safety and Survival

  • AUTHOR: Don Zimmerman
  • ISBN-13: 9781111306601 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 368 Pages  Paperback 
  • 1st Edition
  • ©2012     Published
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About The Product

FIREFIGHTER SAFETY AND SURVIVAL introduces and explains the history and principles of the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives. This text was developed using the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) outcomes and outlines from the Firefighter Safety and Survival model curriculum. Firefighter Safety and Survival provides examples of situations from the fire service, as well as other high-risk industries, describes the incident, and then explains how it is applicable to the specific Initiative and what can be done to stay safe in similar situations.


  • Approved Methodologies: Correlates directly with the 16 Fire and Life Safety Initiatives from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the Fire and Emergency Services of Higher Education (FESHE) outcomes.
  • Real-World Material: Easy-to-read, realistic situations help firefighters of all ranks absorb the concepts and apply them in their profession.
  • Alternative Applications: Examples of safety problems and solutions from other industries where high risk, life safety, and human response all come into play demonstrate different ways to analyze risk-benefit theories, implement standard procedures, and promote a safety culture.
  • Hands-on Activities: Activities of varying levels encourage students to apply safety theories and concepts to the realistic scenarios they may see in their own specific careers.
  • Life-Saving and Life-Changing Ideas: Packed with new and evolving ideas, Firefighter Safety and Survival gives both seasoned professionals and rookies the knowledge and tools they need to make a difference in their departments without sacrificing cherished, longstanding traditions.

About the Contributor

  • Don Zimmerman

    Lieutenant Don Zimmerman is a firefighter instructor and paramedic instructor for Lakeland Community College, Auburn Career Center, and University Hospitals E.M.S. Training & Disaster Preparedness Institute, as well as a professional firefighter and paramedic with a municipal engine company. A retired Assistant Fire Chief with twenty-seven years of experience, he began his career as a volunteer firefighter. Lieutenant Zimmerman is also the president of a non-profit organization committed to fire and life safety education, and the author of several articles on advances in volunteer management, fire prevention, and safety.

Table of Contents

1. Defining a Cultural Change.
2. Enhancing Accountability.
3. Applying Risk Management Techniques.
4. Eliminating Unsafe Acts.
5. Implementing Training and Certification Standards.
6. Developing Medical and Fitness Standards.
7. Creating a Research Agenda.
8. Utilizing Available Technology.
9. Investigating Fatalities, Injuries, and Near Misses.
10. Blending Grants and Safety.
11. Establishing Response Standards.
12. Examining Response to Violent Incidents.
13. Providing Emotional Support.
14. Enabling Public Education.
15. Advocating Residential Fire Sprinklers.
16. Engineering Safety into Equipment.
Appendix A: Sample Policies.