The Book Shelf

The Book Shelf


FIRE SAFETY IN BUILDINGS, G.J. Langdon-Thomas; St. Martin’s Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010; 287 pages, $20.00.

Written from the fire protection engineer’s viewpoint, this book discusses building construction materials and their fire resistance and durability characteristics. The author, who is the senior architect at the British Fire Research Station, writes about passive fire protection attained by the design of compartments, provisions for ventilation, the control of smoke spread, and the selection of roofing materials. He also discusses various fire detection devices and automatic fire protection devices, such as sprinklers, foam systems and chemical extinguishing agents. There is also a chapter devoted to the design of exit routes.

PUBLIC FIRE SAFETY ORGANIZATION: A SYSTEMS APPROACH, Harry E. Hickey; National Fire Protection Association, 470 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, Mass. 02210; 195 pages, $12.50.

Techniques that fire service administrators can use to evaluate their department operations are described in this book by Harry E. Hickey, an assistant professor in the fire protection curriculum at the University of Maryland. From a review of current problems of the fire service, the author proceeds to use a systems approach to suggest means of improvement.

The theory of organization and how computers can be used by management to attain objectives are discussed in chapters that are introductory to those on administration and management. After explaining the differences between the responsibilities of the administrator and the manager, the author turns his attention to the management of the various operational and support units in a fire department.

PRACTICAL SPANISH FOR SCHOOL PERSONNEL, FIREMEN, POLICEMEN AND COMMUNITY AGENCIES, Marguerite D. Bomse and Julian H. Alfaro; Pergamon Press, Inc., Maxwell House, Fairview Park, Elmsford, N.Y. 10523; 168 pages, $4.50.

As the title indicates, this paperbound book contains sentences in English and Spanish that are grouped in various fields of activity. The section for fire fighters contains such questions as “Are all the children out?” “What is your address?” and “Where is the fire?” There are other sentences that are useful to fire inspectors.

GREAT FIRES OF AMERICA; Country Beautiful Corporation, 24198 West Bluemound Road, Waukesha, Wis. 53186; 208 pages; $15.95.

Replete with illustrations, many of them color photos, this book fulfills the promise of its title with text and illustrations on such famous fires as the Chicago fire of 1871, the Triangle Shirtwaist fire in New York City, the Crile Clinic fire in Cleveland, the tragedy at Our Lady of the Angels School in Chicago, the circus fire in Hartford, Conn., the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire and many others. Much of the firesafety legislation today is a result of some of these fires.

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