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Fire Behavior and Combustion Processes

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Fire Behavior and Combustion Processes

Ray Shackelford

Perform to an optimum level on the fireground by learning safe response methods based on the knowledge of how a fire starts, reacts, and escalates under various conditions.

Straight-forward and reader-friendly, Fire Behavior and Combustion Processes clearly explains the key technical points of fire behavior and how each relates to the tasks involved in firefighting.

Rather than an engineering-level text, this resource offers basic need-to-know information and examples to illustrate to firefighters and students why it is essential to their jobs to understand how a fire behaves - whether they are working in a burning building or are involved in a vehicle extrication.

Based on the National Fire Academy FESHE course Fire Behavior and Combustion Processes, this book is essential to fire programs in colleges, academies, and departments.

  • Successfully bridge the gap between technical fire behavior concepts and actual firefighting tasks as each chapter builds upon key points presented in the previous chapters
  • Understand the importance of practicing and promoting safety within the fire service with current statistics, examples, and a special section on death and injury rates in the United States
  • Learn safe practices for combating challenging fires in various scenarios with Safety Notes integrated throughout the chapters
  • Review important concepts for exams or refresher training with Notes that highlight important technical information
  • Supplement learning with helpful technical references in the Appendices, including handy conversion tables, formulas, and standard fire orders
  • Validate training with a handy FESHE Correlation Grid that correlates the Fire Behavior and Combustions Processes course outcomes to chapters in this book


Special Section: Death and Injury Rates: The American Experience.

American Fire Service: The Past, Present and Future.

Fire Chemistry.

Combustion Processes.

Extinguishing Agents.

Foundations of Firefighting Tactics and Strategies.

Special Concerns in Firefighting.

High Rise Building Fires.

Wildland Fires.

Transportation Fires.

Hazardous Materials and Warning Systems.


320 Pages - 8 x 9 in.
Copyright 2009

About the Author:

Ray Shackleford is a professor and director of the Fire Protection Administration program at California State University at Los Angeles, and a retired fire chief with over 40 years of experience in the fire service.

Dr. Shackelford has led and participated in numerous committees and projects that are seen in current academic thought, and in fire department emergency and administrative management practices.

His background and knowledge put him in great demand by governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations throughout the United States and as a consultant to governments around the world.

He has visited Japan, China, and Taiwan a number of times and has provided valuable assistance in emergency preparedness and fire service operations. A visionary, Dr. Shackelford has been instrumental in the shape of the fire service, as a senior fire official, author, lecturer, and professor.


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