The job of the firefighter goes far beyond the act of dealing with a fire or emergency situation. The firefighter’s job also involves many other levels of responsibility, including a mastery of the many legal issues involved in firefighting and crisis management. The depth of legal issues surrounding firefighting calls for a wealth of knowledge and a serious study of the many aspects of the legal world, as it pertains to the firefighter’s work and associated responsibilities.
The Firefighter’s Bookstore takes these issues seriously, which is why we offer three different areas of legal study. Here you’ll find books on Legal & Labor Issues, Gender Issues & Affirmative Action, and Negotiating & Bargaining. Taken together, these chapters offer a wealth of educational information about the many aspects of legal study that directly impact firefighters and their commitment to effectively executing their job, whether it’s on the fire line or in administrative or management positions. Let’s take a look at the books and educational materials offered in this section of The Firefighters Bookstore.
Legal & Labor Issues
Our selection of legal educational materials includes The California Firefighter Bill of Rights CD Set, which offers an easy to digest, non-intimidating walk through all facets of the FBOR as well as key procedures. This set is especially valuable for union representatives as well as fire service supervisors. This section also includes books like EMS and The Law, a primer on the American legal system as it applies to EMS providers, and The Fire Officer’s Legal Handbook, an all-inclusive look at the legal system as it pertains to fire chiefs, municipal officers, lawyers and others involved in legal and emergency management issues.
Gender Issues & Affirmative Action
This section of our legal books chapter deals with the current issues of gender and
race in the workplace, and how changes in sensitivity and awareness are impacting the way firefighters and administrators conduct their jobs, and deal with issues of employment and work management.
This section contains many challenging and thought-provoking books, including Real Heat: Gender and Race in the Urban Fire Service, by Carol Chetkovich. Chetkovich’s detailed study of affirmative action from the “street level” shows the reality of policy in a real life work environment, and explores the ways in which the laws regarding racial equality have succeeded and failed. This section of the site also includes highly readable non-fiction works on the topic including Hard-Hatted Woman, a gritty yet uplifting narrative piece taken from interviews with women working in male dominated careers. Other selections include Deborah Tannen’s Talking from 9 to 5, a provocative book exploring the different ways in which men and women communicate and miscommunicate, in life and on the job.
Negotiating & Bargaining
This last section explores the many facets of negotiation as they impact firefighters and people in the workplace in general. This section includes William Ury’s classic book on negotiation and communication, Getting Past No, and Leil Lowndes’ How to Talk to Anyone, which provides very useful techniques for becoming a master communicator.
The many books in this chapter of The Firefighter’s Bookstore offer a wealth of information on legal issues as well as hands-on tips for communicating in the workplace and in life. We hope you’ll enjoy using these resources for their educational as well as entertainment value. Browse the full selection.