Ascend Leadership is now an Affiliate of the Firefighters Bookstore

Purchase books, DVDs and other materials by Ascend Leadership authors and others from all leading fire service publishers. “Bundles” of required texts for individual fire department promotional exams.

The Right Seat – DVD Series

In The Right Seat DVDs, Chief Casey and Captain Niebling delve into the world of officer interpersonal skills and decision-making.

Using staged scenarios portraying real-world situations, the DVDs address various relational issues that company officers face in the firehouse, in the public, and on the fireground. Each scenario is followed by a panel of company officers discussing how to navigate and address the issues.

Volume 1 contains 10 scenarios that range from a senior firefighter undermining an officer, to the chief not wearing PPE.

Volume 2 contains 10 scenarios that range from not telling the captain, to a captain cover-up.

NEW – RENT “The Right Seat” Streaming Video

Live Fire Training – Training Book

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By Dave Casey, Susan Schell, Mike Kemp, Robert Brown and Bryant Krizik.

All fire fighters need the safe and controlled “real life” training offered through live fire exercises in order to be fully prepared for the hazards of the fireground. Live Fire Training: Principles and Practice provides a definitive guide on how to ensure safe and realistic live fire training for both students and instructors. Based on NFPA 1403, Standard on Live Fire Training Evolutions, this essential resource features:

• Detailed instructions on preparing for live burns in acquired structures, using gas-fired and non-gas-fired permanent structural props, and working with exterior live fire props
• Incident Reports of actual live fire training accidents, including a summary of the lessons learned
• Current live fire training legal requirements and direction on how to be compliant with industry standards
• A singular focus on fire fighter safety throughout the text


Mastering the Fire Service Assessment Center – Book or Audio CD

By Anthony Kastros

Prepares candidates for the assessment center method as part of a promotional testing process. Kastros’ assertion when writing this book is that candidates need to prepare for the position they are seeking, rather than for the testing process. His writing style is matter-of-fact and often humorous, and will help candidates make the mental paradigm shift from test candidate to incumbent officer.

A section on personal assessment helps candidates take stock of their current status and leadership style. This baseline provides a foundation that inspires questions about real-world scenarios mimicked in the testing arena. A candidate who has thoroughly thought through these scenarios and considered possible solutions and outcomes will be much more comfortable in the assessment center process than one who has simply focused on how to act in the testing environment. Kastros outlines 27 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) spanning the three dimensions of leadership, management and emergency scene operations.

The book contains test exercises, sample problems, rating criteria, scoring sheets, assessor selection, and common pitfalls.