After a great response to our last podcast together, Robby invited me back for the second round of book discussion, this time talking about our top five books every fire officer should read. I enjoyed talking books with Robby and especially enjoyed the thinking and reflecting required to come up with—and narrow down—this list. Officers in the fire service are a lot of things: leaders, managers, mentors, coaches, confidants, and so on. It is important to cultivate these skills within yourself as you take that step and continue your journey. We picked books that have meant a lot to us and helped us on our paths so that maybe they can help you also. Happy reading.
- Fire Command – Alan Brunanici
- Crossfire – Randy Kern
- Crucial Conversations – Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, and Switzler
- It Worked for Me – Colin Powell
- Fire Officer’s Handbook of Tactics – John Norman
Extra Credit – Fireground Strategies – Anthony Avillo, The history of your fire department.
- First In, Last Out – John Salka | (see my Required Reading post here)
- Firefighter Functional Fitness – Dan Kerrigan, Jim Moss | (see my Required Reading post here)
- From PTSD to PTG – Dr. David Griffin | (see my Required Reading post here)
- Ego is the Enemy – Ryan Holiday
- Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor E. Frankl
As with the last one, listen to the episode to get a rundown of why we picked the books on this list. Thanks again to Robby for having back on, it was a blast!