Spray Foam has struck again!
Back in September I wrote a post to raise awareness of Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) for the fire service. In this article I referenced that there had been several fires that happen during the application of SPF. By the initial reports it is appearing that a recent mansion fire in Middlebury Connecticut was an attic fire that happened during the…Continue
Posted on July 28, 2014 at 6:54pm
While there has been much discussion about interior stream vs. exterior or transitional vs. interior fire attack. This short post isn’t about rather you should or shouldn’t. To me there is a time and place for both. However if you decide to make the push interior, door control is essential until you have a charged line with adequate flow.
First arriving officer should assess the position of the front entry door. The officer should be looking for the following:
Front Door: open…Continue
Posted on July 6, 2014 at 7:00pm
Door control has always been a major talking point in any good fire prevention program. Although some how there hasn’t been an emphasis placed on it in the last 10 years or so. Which is why I have become so passionate about it in the last five years or so to bring an emphasis of it in our current fire prevention programs today. Take a look at some outstanding Close The Door messages throughout the years.
Close the Door awareness 1960s:…Continue
Posted on February 4, 2014 at 5:04pm — 3 Comments
On the evening on January 19, 2011 Fire Fighter Mark Falkenhan lost his life while working inside a building fire.
While we should try to honor all LODD, this one holds a special place in my heart because at the time of his death I was on my quest to learn more about fire behavior and was reviewing the latest reports from UL and NIST. These reports along with talking to actual smart firefighters I soon realize that I really needed to know more about fire behavior, than just how to…Continue
Posted on January 19, 2014 at 3:16pm — 2 Comments
I would like to personally invite you to join me at my upcoming workshop Modern Buildings: Recipe for Firefighter Deaths and Injuries at FDIC 2014
Hope to see you there! Monday, April 7, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Looking forward to seeing you in class!
Stay Safe Captain John Shafer
Posted on October 24, 2013 at 9:26pm