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Lives in:
Napoleon, Indiana
Napoleon Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.
Second Assistant Chief
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Volunteer fire department
Top issues in your department:
Professional Qualifications:
Associate Safety Professional (ASP)
Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS)
Indiana Firefighter / Instructor / Inspector
IFSAC Instructor II/III
FDIC Instructor
Topics you provide training for:
Manufacturing and Industrial Occupancies
Combustible Dust Fires and Explosions
Preplanning and Size-Up for Nonresidential Facilities
Fire Protection Systems
Areas of expertise:
Manufacturing and Industrial Occupancies
Combustible Dust Fires and Explosions
Automatic Sprinkler Protection
Private / Independent Water Supply Systems
Ben Peetz, CSP, CFPS, has been nationally-recognized for his efforts in non-residential fire prevention, protection and suppression. His roots are that of a second-generation fire service veteran with the Napoleon (IN) Volunteer Fire Department, where he has served nearly 20 years. Peetz is an IFSAC fire instructor II/III, and he has taught classes multiple years at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a contributing author to Fire Engineering magazine, as well as other manufacturing and industrial publications.

Peetz works full-time as a fire protection consultant for a commercial property insurance carrier, specializing in forest products and other manufacturing. In this role, he travels much of the U.S. providing inspection and technical analysis of commercial and industrial properties for underwriting and fire protection. He has worked extensively across the Midwest and southern states, as well as the Great Plains and into the Black Hills, developing engineering solutions and training programs for the prevention of fire and other losses. Using this unique background, he founded the resource website NotJustAnotherFire.Net.

Peetz has earned professional designation as a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) from the National Fire Protection Association, as well as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. He has also earned degrees in agriculture communications and agrisystems management from Purdue University, where he worked several years for the university’s world-renowned ag safety and health program.
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Harvest season means fire season in many communities

Harvest season has been in full swing across much of the Corn Belt for several weeks. And with this surge of activity, typically comes an increase in the number of fires we see in harvesting equipment and grain handling facilities. This year has been no exception. In the past few weeks, many fires relating to harvest operations have been reported in these farming communities.


In Iowa last week, firefighters responded to a fire in a tower grain dryer, and high…


Posted on October 18, 2015 at 3:15pm

Using Your Crystal Ball

Does your size-up typically look beyond the moment you arrive? With a good working fire, this may be an obvious part of a response. But what about for those responses where we arrive and believe there to be no fire? If nothing is burning, is there really anything to size-up?

While a good size-up should give us a clear picture of what we have and what we need to do to mitigate the situation, we must also consider the events that we may or may not actually see happening, as well as…


Posted on March 28, 2015 at 4:42pm

Duct system fires pose real challenges

A fire in ventilation ductwork last week resulted in the evacuation of an automotive manufacturing plant in Michigan. Crews spent nearly two hours isolating the fire within some very large ducts used in the manufacturing process.

Ventilation ducts are used in many facilities, whether for dust extraction, material handling, or air quality management. In every case, fires within ductwork present several concerns for firefighters. Here are just a few…

  • Ductwork circulates…

Posted on March 20, 2015 at 7:24am

Opening of Equipment Flares Feed Plant Fire

A fire at an Iowa feed plant Tuesday demonstrates why firefighters must be cautious and consider the effects of every action when dealing with fires in compartmented areas of manufacturing equipment. Reports stated that a fire occurred within a cooling tower, and upon firefighters opening the tower, the fire flared up.

Fires within pelleting operations are common, especially if a malfunction or power failure causes a disruption in the flow of air or product within the system. Fresh…


Posted on February 19, 2015 at 8:38am

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