Fire Prevention: A Comprehensive Approach

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Going well beyond the usual code enforcement and plan review approach to fire prevention, this exceptionally comprehensive and cutting-edge introduction to fire and life safety prevention takes into account the broad range of prevention activities that must be coordinated for a modern approach to prevention, as well as the scope of the issues (legal and other) involved in their administration. It shows readers how to utilize all the tools available through public education, how to contribute to their planning efforts by incorporating investigation activities into a coordinated strategy for loss control, and how to organize their prevention efforts in the most effective manner. Several case studies and a host of activities give readers first-hand insights and experiences into applying concepts and strategies in the real world. The Comprehensive Approach to Prevention. Planning for Fire and Life Safety Prevention. The Plan Review Process: Engineering Elements in Prevention. Code Enforcement/Development: Developing Quality Codes and Making Sure They Are Enforced. Public Fire and Life Safety Education Programs. Fire Investigation. Staffing, Training and Funding Options for Prevention Programs. Evaluating Prevention Programs. Fire Marshal, Fire Chief, Inspector, Investigator, Public Education Specialist, Plan Reviewer.

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As fire departments struggle with smaller budgets and increased demands for service, innovative prevention strategies are becoming increasingly more important. Combining all the elements of fire and life safety prevention, Fire Prevention: A Comprehensive Approach is the first text to take into account the broad range of prevention activities that must be coordinated for a modern approach to prevention. Going well beyond code enforcement and plan review, it details how to utilize all the tools available through public education, and how to contribute to planning efforts by incorporating investigation activities into a coordinated strategy for loss control. Whether preparing for a career in fire and life safety prevention or currently managing these programs, Fire Prevention will help you plan effectively.

Features Include:
  • A comprehensive approach to fire and life safety prevention
  • Case Studies with real-life situations from fire departments across North America
  • Coverage of current trends such as injury prevention and performance codes
  • Discussion of legal issues
  • Chapter questions and answers

About the Author:

Jim Crawford is currently the Planning Chief and Fire Marshal for Vancouver, Washington where his responsibilities include code enforcement, plan review, fire investigation and public education activities.  Mr. Crawford served as the Fire Marshal in Portland, Oregon before moving to Vancouver.  With more than 33 years experience in the fire service, with the last 18 in senior level management, Mr. Crawford has been an active participant at the national level with the U.S. Fire Administration, The International Fire Marshal's Association (past President), the International Association of Fire Chief's and the National Association of Fire Marshals.  Mr. Crawford is the current chair for the technical committee on professional qualifications of Fire Marshals.  Mr. Crawford is the author of Fire Prevention: A Comprehensive Approach published by Brady/Prentice Hall, and is a regular columnist with Fire Rescue Magazine.  Mr. Crawford has served as adjunct faculty at the National Fire Academy.  Mr. Crawford holds an A.S. in Fire Science from Clackamas Community College (OR), and a B.S. in Management and Communications form Concordia University.  Mr. Crawford holds numerous training certificates and is a Certified Fire Inspector II from the International Code Council.

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