The No-Nonsense Guide to Small Community Fire Protection.

The Rural Firefighting Handbook, Second Edition…

This 278-page textbook provides detailed information on improving fire suppression for the small-community fire department. Read this manual and find out:

  • Why your department’s capability to control and/or suppress fire is dependent on the “Big Five” – time, people, agent, hardware and procedures. Why water supply is a most critical component of the Big Five and how to calculate what’s required for structures within your service area;
  • The role of burn and response times in rural fire deaths: how to make sense of NFPA’s response requirements for your small community volunteer fire department;
  • How new technology, Class A foam and CAFS, can increase the capability of your firefighting resources — people, equipment and water supply;
  • How to maximize water delivery rates from draft. This includes troubleshooting fire pump priming operations and identifying what works, and what doesn’t, when setting up rural drafting and water-on-wheels operations; and
  • Tips for the fire officer on how to comply with pertinent standards and regulations, and stay out of court.

This second edition is by Dominic Colletti, a former assistant fire chief and fire instructor with more than two decades of experience. Colletti has led courses and seminars on rural firefighting operations in North America, the United Kingdom and China.

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Reviews on the The Rural Firefighting Handbook, 2nd Ed:

“Firefighting Handbook is a Page-Turner”
Janet Wilmoth, Editor, Fire Chief Magazine

A young couple walked into the real-estate agency during their search for a new house. The agent asked the couple a number of questions, including what kind of emergency-response services they wanted. The couple gave the agent a puzzled look, so he explained that if the couple wanted fast emergency service response — say in less than five minutes — they should live in Boomtown because the fire-protection district was well-funded and provided top-notch service. If they wanted to pay less in taxes, they should look for a house in Ruralville, but understand that the town had a volunteer department with only one fire truck, so response could take up to 15 minutes.

“What? That’s absurd,” the couple said… click here to read more