Safety and Survival on the Fireground, 2nd Edition

Vincent Dunn
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Safety and Survival on the Fireground, 2nd Edition

By Vincent Dunn, Deputy Chief (Ret.), FDNY

Chief Dunn—the recipient of FDNY's Lifetime Achievement Award—has updated his classic book on how to identify and survive hazards on the fireground. Dunn attempts to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries year after year by describing the 15 most dangerous tactics and the 13 most recurring fire and explosion environmental dangers, ranked by degree of danger and frequency of occurrence.

This indispensable book will help keep every first responder, firefighter, and fire officer out of harm’s way. It is a must-read and reread for every firefighter who responds to fires and emergencies, every company officer who commands a fire company, and every incident commander or safety officer who is responsible for the safety of firefighters on the fireground.


  • Examination of “aggressive interior firefighting attack” and “nonaggressive attack”
  • Discussion of risk intensity and risk frequency at the fireground
  • Visual representation and discussion of the NIST five-stage time/temperature fire growth curve showing temperatures before and after firefighter venting
  • Coverage of the Columbia University Capstone Project: FDNY Property Saved Indicator, with a formula to quickly calculate the dollar amount of property saved at a structure fire
  • Updated statistics, graphs, and charts


1. Death and injury statistics
2. Collapse rescue dangers
3. Responding and returning dangers
4. Searching for fire location dangers
5. Advancing the initial attack hoseline dangers
6. Operating above fire dangers
7. Peaked and flat roof dangers
8. Cellar fire dangers
9. Propane gas fire dangers
10. Wildfire dangers
11. Aerial ladder climbing dangers
12. Forcible entry dangers
13. Master stream operation dangers
14. Dangers of outside venting
15. Fire escape dangers
16. Overhauling dangers
17. Risk analysis dangers
18. Interior firefighting dangers
19. Exterior firefighting dangers
20. Safe firefighting practices: 60 ways to survive firefighting
21. Firefighting dangers: causes of death and injury
22. Fire hazard identification and assessment
23. Safety orders and actions
24. Firefighter’s legacy
Appendix: Is your fire department safe?
NFPA 1500 Checklist
Interpretations of NFPA 1500
About the author

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  • 5

    Posted by Steven on Dec 9th 2020

    Excellent book, have all of chief Dunn's books. They are all literally must reads!

  • 5
    Excellent book!

    Posted by Steven Hierholcer on Dec 8th 2020

    As usual an awesome read! I have all of Dunn’s books including the prior edition of this one. Essential reading for all ranks. Would recommend any of his books.

  • 5
    Good book

    Posted by Paul Griffith on Apr 11th 2016

    Happy with the book and the service. The book arrived a few days earlier than I expected. Thank You

  • 3
    Do not irder from this company.

    Posted by Matt Ziemba on Mar 31st 2016

    i ordered the book with 2 day shipping. It did not arrive within that two days so I refused the shipment and told Fed Ex to return to sender. I watched online and saw when it was returned to Pen Well. I tried calling PenWell numerous times with only recordings and no return calls from my messages. My original order confirmation said I could reply for customer service...nobody ever replied back. Finally a phone number on my credit card associated with the purchase provided a number that after a few messages a finally got to talk to somebody. I did get my money back after multiple phone calls and emails. I will never order direct from this company again. I did find a local mom and pop shop that had the book in stock at a lower price.