Chief Officer Handbooks

The Fire Chief is the chief officer in charge of a firefighting organization. They are in command at the scene, but also carry out day-to-day tasks of running a department.

The Firefighters Bookstore recognizes the value that these leaders bring to their jobs. That’s why we’ve compiled a long list of fire officer handbooks that detail the management of a department and its employees.

Duties of the Chief Officer

There’s a long list of duties for fire chiefs. They are a combination of supervisor, recruiter, trainer, equipment procurer, government liaison, press representative, lecturer on fire prevention, fire inspector, disaster preparedness expert and administrator. They are in charge of what’s essentially a business, making sure that equipment, training and personnel come together in a seamless operation. In bigger cities, there is a long line of assistant chiefs, deputies, district leaders, division leaders and others reporting up the ladder to the chief. 


Firefighters Bookstore is the firefighting and emergency responder library of choice. Our professionally curated collection of books, videos and more offers professional advice to the emergency response community, but also has children’s books, memoirs and other books that firefighter family members and fire buffs can enjoy.

If your order is in-stock and placed before 4:15pm PST, we ship the order out that day. We ensure our products are delivered to you fully functional and in one piece. Call us at 714-375-4888 or email us at CustomerService@firebooks.com, or visit us at www.firebooks.com to see our complete line of product offerings.

Our Fire Officer Handbook Selection

“Command and Control: 2nd Edition” covers incident scene decision-making and provides techniques to enhance a firefighter's ability to make rapid, correct decisions based on knowledge of various types of occupancies. It also addresses the development of strategy and tactics and the size-up process.

“Chief Officer: 2nd Edition” covers such topics as leadership, logic, ethics, communication skills, management and supervisory skills, and administrative skills. These skills are then applied to the functions that chief officers generally perform: human resources, community relations, governmental relations, administrative programs and planning, fire and life safety programs, emergency services delivery, and health and safety programs. This fire officer handbook also provides company officers with the motivation and basic steps required to achieve promotion.

“Survival Skills for the Fire Chief” examines the management mistakes fire chiefs often make that compromise their effectiveness and ability to manage and lead their fire departments. The book’s themes include understanding, meeting, and exceeding the reasonable expectations of fire department stakeholders and preparing as a fire chief for professional, personal, and organizational success.

Excellent Selection and Service

Firefighters Bookstore is the firefighting and emergency responder library of choice. Our professionally curated collection of books, videos and more offers professional advice to the emergency response community, but also has children’s books, memoirs and other books that firefighter family members and fire buffs can enjoy.

If your order is in stock and placed before 4:15pm PST, we ship the order out that day. Call us at 714-375-4888 or email us at CustomerService@firebooks.com if you have any questions about our fire officer handbook selection or other products!