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John Shafer's Blog – February 2012 Archive (4)

When do you exit?

Why do we work until our bell goes off?

 Why do you as a officer allow your crew to work until their bell goes off?

Added by John Shafer on February 22, 2012 at 11:35am — 3 Comments

Beware of Trombe Walls

Since ancient times, people have used thick walls of adobe or stone to trap the sun’s heat

during the day and release it slowly and evenly at night to heat their buildings. Today’s

low-energy(green) buildings often improve on this ancient technique by incorporating a thermal

storage and delivery system called a Trombe wall.



Added by John Shafer on February 17, 2012 at 9:43pm — 2 Comments

Green Maltese makes a visit to UL

This post is only to share my experience with you. It is not meant to be a report because it was only one day of many tests that UL are conducting to produce the report on Impact of Vertical Ventilation for the fire service.

United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program funded Underwriters Laboratories to conduct these test to examine fire service ventilation practices as well as the impact of changes in modern house…


Added by John Shafer on February 9, 2012 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Search: Do you have a plan?

I would first like to say that the use of the following article is not meant to be an armchair quarterback or to be critical of the department involved. However I do feel it can be a learning opportunity for us, to at least review some basics of having a search plan.


A man died in a blaze after four firefighters failed to spot him during two searches of a burning building, an inquest heard today. Danny Holt, 33, collapsed in his lounge after a chip pan caught fire -…


Added by John Shafer on February 3, 2012 at 11:38am — 4 Comments

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