REVIEW: "Introduction to Fire Protection", Robert Klinoff

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    "Introduction to Fire Protection", Robert Klinoff, 2007,
    978-1-4180-0177-3, U$95.00
    %A Robert Klinoff
    %C 5 Maxwell Dr., Clifton Park, NY 12065-2919
    %D 2007
    %G 978-1-4180-0177-3 1-4180-0177-5
    %I Delmar Cengage Learning
    %O U$95.00 800-354-9706 www.cengage.com
    %O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1418001775/robsladesinterne
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1418001775/robsladesinte-21
    %O http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/1418001775/robsladesin03-20
    %O Audience i Tech 1 Writing 1 (see revfaq.htm for explanation)
    %P 509 p.
    %T "Introduction to Fire Protection"

    The preface states that this text is an introduction to fire
    protection (intended for students working towards becoming
    firefighters), explaining and promoting the related jobs.

    Chapter one outlines the job and training requirements. Various
    career paths are noted in chapter two. A history of fire protection,
    along with some discussion of the development of fire-fighting
    technology, is given in chapter three. Chapter four examines the
    chemistry and physics involved in fire, and fire-fighting, although
    the explanations seem to demonstrate a rather superficial
    understanding.

    US-based fire-fighting support organizations, both public and private,
    are listed in chapter five. Fire department resources are catalogued
    in chapter six, ranging from building facilities, through truck
    fittings, to hand tools. Fire department administration is slightly
    different from that of regular businesses (given the life safety
    priorities), and chapter seven's discussion of various structures is
    interesting. (The section on communications, however, is
    disappointingly short.) Support functions are noted in chapter eight,
    which repeats some of the material from chapter six. Chapter nine
    points out the importance of training, but is mostly about the
    recording and administration involved.

    Chapter ten looks at fire prevention, through inspections, codes, and
    public education. Although entitled "Codes and Ordinances," chapter
    eleven is more about liability issues. The examination of fire
    protection systems and equipment, in chapter twelve, is disjointed,
    having, for example, an extensive discussion of water supply prior to
    an outline of the fire suppression agents which require it. (The
    content on Halon and alarms is limited and disappointing.) Chapter
    thirteen's review of emergency incident management has some items
    specific to fire protection, but overall is quite a decent (if
    generic) exegesis of incident response principles, and could be almost
    equally applicable to business disaster response. Chapter fourteen
    closes off with miscellaneous processes involved in emergency
    operations, many concerning safety.

    The title is correct: this is an introduction, and probably needs to
    be backed up with more in-depth material. That the book is a text is
    evident from the list of questions added to the end of every chapter:
    unfortunately these tend to be simplistic, and mere checks as to
    whether the student has read sections and can parrot back the content,
    rather than testing for full comprehension.

    copyright Robert M. Slade, 2008 BKINFRPR.RVW

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