Rural Firefighting and Rescue

There are differences between full-time urban-based firefighters and their rural counterparts, but there’s more than location separating them. Our collection of rural firefighting and rescue books will detail the many ways they differ.File:LA City Firefighters Gear Up.jpg

As detailed in our rural firefighting handbook collection, rural firefighters are most often volunteers. Dial an emergency number and the people responding may be students, engineers, attorneys, and other laymen who want to serve their community and enjoy the camaraderie and challenges of being part of an emergency responder team. Nationwide, about 70% of firefighters are volunteers, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Differences Between Urban and Rural Firefighting

Budgets are also a big differentiator. Where city teams may have the latest equipment and are thoroughly up-to-date on the latest techniques, their rural counterparts often make do with what’s on hand, which often can be equipment that is slightly older. However, the training requirements for volunteers are no less arduous than for full-time firefighters. They also undergo training in safety, emergency medicine, HAZMAT and even terrorist actvitiy, all of which are detailed in our rural firefighting handbook collection.

Response times are another big issue. Volunteer firefighting teams are not in one central location, so they must wait for a quorum to arrive before heading out to battle the blazes. In general, rural firefighters tend to be older, as more and more young people migrate to the cities and leave the rural areas understaffed.

The Rural Firefighting Handbook

“The Rural Firefighting Handbook, 2nd Edition” by Dominic Colletti is a comprehensive guide to small community fire protection. This book provides detailed information on improving fire suppression for the small community fire department by focusing on the things that will enhance capabilities: time, people, hardware and procedures.

The book offers such tips as how to calculate the water supply necessary for structures in a particular service area, the role of burn and response times in rural fire deaths, and how new technology, Class A forum, and CAFS can increase the capability of your community’s firefighting resources.

The author, Dominic Colletti, is a former assistant fire chief and fire instructor with two decades of experience. He has led courses and seminars on rural firefighting operations.

About Firefighters Bookstore

Firefighters Bookstore has been the ultimate resource for firefighters, emergency responders, and fire buffs for more than 25 years. Our books, videos, training manuals and other items are used extensively by firefighting departments and emergency responders for training and education throughout the world.

In addition to providing the perfect gift for the firefighter or emergency responder in your family, Firefighters Bookstore also can work with libraries and other institutions that would like to build out their own collection of emergency responder information. We are the online resource for departments throughout the world, so feel free to tap into our expertise.

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If you have any questions about our collection or want more information about where to find firefighter and emergency responder information, contact us at 714-375-4888 or by email at

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