Fire Service Personnel Management (2nd Edition)

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9780131177666: Fire Service Personnel Management (2nd Edition)

Unique in focus and content, this book explores the basic concepts of public personnel management as they apply specifically to the fire service environment and circumstances. Reflecting the author's extensive experience as a fire chief of a large fire department and a state fire training director, it features insights, discussions, and real-world examples that fire service personnel will recognize and relate to instantly. Overview of Personnel Management. Workforce Issues of the 21st Century. Legal Issues. Job Analysis and Design. Fire Service Recruitment. Selection for Employment and Promotion. Training and Development. Performance Appraisal. Discipline. Health and Safety. Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining. For practicing and prospective fire service personnel managers.

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Fire Service Personnel Management is written with basic public personnel management concepts and incorporates fire service applications and examples throughout. Updated topics include: promotional issues, diversity, and affirmative action. The book has not only been a successful text in the classroom, but has also been praised by promotional officer candidates as a top-notch resource.

In the second edition you will find:
  • Expanded section on managing diversity in the fire service
  • Information on distance education and other training techniques
  • More information on how to handle workforce issues
  • Fire department health and safety covered in detail
  • Case studies at the end of each chapter to reinforce learning and discussion
  • Electronic reference sites for further information

About the Author:

Steven T. Edwards is the director of the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute of the University of Maryland. The Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute is the state's comprehensive training agency for emergency services, training more than 34,000 students each year. He is a former fire chief of the Prince George's County Fire Department in Maryland, where he served for 25 years in a variety of positions from high school cadet to fire chief. Edwards also serves as chair of the board of directors of the Safety Equipment Institute, chair of the Congressional Fire Service Institute National Advisory Committee, as well as numerous local- and state-level appointments. In 1997, he was elected as the president of the North American Fire Training Directors.

Edwards is a graduate of the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) with a bachelor's degree in fire service management and a master's degree in general administration. Both degrees were achieved with summa cum laude honors. He has attended the Harvard University John F Kennedy School of Government "Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government" and the National Fire Academy, and has presented at national conferences and seminars. Edwards is currently a member of the adjunct faculty at UMUC, teaching its course in fire service personnel management.

During his career of more than 35 years in fire service, Edwards received numerous awards and honors, including the Prince George's County Fire Department "Gold Star of Valor" in 1979 for the rescue of two firefighters at a major fire and explosion. During his tenure as fire chief, the department received the IAFC Award for Excellence as well as twenty-eight National Association of Counties Awards for Excellence. While continuing his fire service career at the University of Maryland, the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute was selected as the Congressional Fire Service Institute National Fire Service Organization of the Year for 1999. In addition, Edwards received the University of Maryland President's Distinguished Service Award in 2003 for exceptional performance, leadership, and service.

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