Residential Firefighting: Training and Drills

David Clark
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Residential Firefighting: Training and Drills

By David Clark

A must-read for those who battle hostile fires

In the intense and demanding world of firefighting, where every decision can make a life-or-death difference, proficiency is paramount. In "Residential Firefighting: Training and Drills," acclaimed fire expert David F. Clark delivers a must-read guide for those who battle hostile fires. With an unwavering commitment to the public they protect, firefighters are urged to be at the pinnacle of their capabilities when it comes to residential fire suppression. 

Clark emphasizes the critical importance of a well-trained, knowledgeable, and physically fit firefighters the greatest asset in the field. He provides actionable advice for firefighters to enhance their skills through frequent hands-on training, ensuring they are well-prepared for the challenges they face on every residential fire call. By learning from the sacrifices of those who paid the ultimate price, fire service members are reminded of the gravity of their profession and motivated to excel. 

Drawing on his extensive experience and expertise, Clark delves into the dynamic relationship between the building and the fire. By understanding fire behavior and its strategic utilization, firefighters can gain an advantage in their firefighting efforts. Endorsed by industry professionals, "Residential Firefighting: Training and Drills" serves as a trusted resource for both seasoned firefighters looking to enhance their skills and aspiring firefighters preparing for the challenges ahead. With its practical wisdom and focus on proficiency, this book equips firefighters to be the best-trained and prepared professionals, ensuring they can confidently face the flames and safeguard their communities. 



“I have the honor of having known Dave Clark since 1984 when I was a student in IFSI’s Officer’s Fireground School where he was an instructor. Throughout Dave’s career he has always been a student of the game. Because of his dedication, experience, research, and years of hands-on instructing, this great book tells how to do the job aggressively and—most importantly—safely.”

—Robert S. Hoff, Chicago Fire Commissioner (ret.) and IFSI Field Instructor

“Dave Clark brings decades of experience combating residential fires and presents a commonsense approach to firefighting, addressing ‘what’s the building going to do with the fire and what’s the fire going to do with the building.’”

—Lew Lake, Battalion Chief, Wheaton FD (ret.) and IFSI Chicago Training Program director

“I’ve heard ‘Get ready . . . we’re going in!’ many times over the past 40 years working with Chief Dave Clark at IFSI. He’s fought fires in big cities and small towns teaching streams and ventilation but mostly fire behavior and how to use it to your advantage. He is the best at passing along lessons to the fire service.”

—Jack “Jr.” Rutledge, Illinois Fire Service Institute senior instructor; Delta Air Lines (ret.)


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