Attendee's Reading List

We figured we would give you, our conference attendees, a way to share the books you've read that have made you a better firefighter. There are only a couple of rules:

You have to have read the book (duh, right?) and you have to tell all of us why you like the book.

Just fill out the short form at the bottom of the page, and we'll do the rest.


Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown by Eric Blehm

Submitted by: Ed Klaszky (MAFFC 2016)

While there are an abundance of military themed books out there (especially relating to U.S. Navy SEAL teams), this particular one tells the story of individual faith, persistence and determination, and a devotion to family, friends, and team. How one overcame a path leading to destruction to become something great...

Recommended for all ranks (as proof that no matter how challenging the burdens seem to be, they can be overcome.)


Service: A Navy SEAL At War by Marcus Luttrell with James D. Hornfischer

Submitted by: Kevin Lewis (MAFFC 2016)

This book encompasses the epitome of why "we" do what we do, both as members of the armed services and the fire department. A fantastic read for all that will make you a better firefighter, and an even better person.

Recommended for all ranks


The Combat Position by Christopher Brennan

Submitted by: Michael Morris (MAFFC 2016)

This book greatly influenced me as a rookie firefighter. It describes the significance of integrity, respect, resilience, motivation and pride for the profession. It inspires a respect for fine tuning firefighting as a craft. The book covers situational awareness extensively, as well as the importance of being prepared to perform under any condition at all times, mentally and physically.

Recommended for all firefighters


Five Alarm Leadership by John Salka and Rick Lasky

Submitted by: Keith King (MAFFC 2016)

This book has a little bit of everything to offer, from the rookie to the chief . It covers all the qualities a great firefighter should have, makes you do a self check and reinforces what you've already learned. Don't take the position you're in lightly. Take care of your people. Lead from the front and pass it on. READ IT!

Recommended for all firefighters


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