As most firefighters should know this week is National Fire Prevention Week . I am sure many of you are out spreading the message of Fire Prevention this week. I would like to say thank you for serving your communities and you will probably never know how many life’s were truly saved by your wonderful dedication to your communities.
So since it is Fire Prevention Week this post will be about this years Fire Prevention theme in the context of our modern fire environment.
Added by John Shafer on October 9, 2012 at 1:34am — No Comments
Cold-Formed Steel (CFS) is the common term for products made by rolling or pressing thin gauges of sheet steel into goods. Cold-formed steel goods are created by the working of sheet steel using stamping, rolling, or presses to deform the sheet into a usable product. Cold worked steel products are commonly used in all areas of manufacturing of durable goods like appliances or automobiles but the phrase cold form steel is most prevalently used to described construction…Continue
Added by John Shafer on August 18, 2012 at 1:22pm — No Comments
I would love to hear the roof report from the crew who found this condition on the roof! LOL
Added by John Shafer on June 5, 2012 at 10:57am — No Comments
What is Energy Glass?
ENERGYGLASS™ is the only Optically Clear Building Integrated Photovoltaic Window System in the World.
ENERGYGLASS™ is a patented Optically Clear Vertical Building Photovoltaic Window System that produces continuous Energy from Sunlight, Diffused, Ambient Light and Ground Reflectance and the only 100% FIELD of VISION in the world. The entire surface of the windows is clear – No grids, dots or lines!…Continue
Added by John Shafer on May 8, 2012 at 7:07pm — No Comments
Green Maltese main focus is on building construction however I also teach alot of search classes as well. So I am going share some of the search drills I have put together. Hope you enjoy and they are useful to you and your crews. They are only meant to be short drills to start kitchen table discussion. In order to get the best out of them please get out and do the hands-on searching application in full PPE and SCBA.…Continue
Added by John Shafer on May 5, 2012 at 3:53pm — No Comments
I am very excited to annouce a partnership between Green Maltese and Engine Co. 22!
Christopher Huston from http://engineco22.net/ did a outstanding job taking my last basement fire post to the next level.
This FREE training program is complete with videos and audio. Please enjoy and share with every firefighter you know.
Link to free program:…Continue
Full program with audio & videos:
Lt. John Shafer
Added by John Shafer on April 2, 2012 at 7:24pm — No Comments
The National Volunteer Fire Council released the Guide for Going Green in the Fire Service to highlight sustainable practices and inspire departments to reduce their impact on the environment.
The Guide looks at a range of Earth-friendly steps departments can take, from simple practices such as recycling and energy conservation to complex solutions such as green construction.
NVFC Guide for Going Green in the Fire Service:…Continue
Added by John Shafer on March 19, 2012 at 9:54am — No Comments
I would like to personally invite you to attend my class at FDIC 2012.
Hazards of Modern Roofs
The class will examine trends and methods in modern building construction with an emphasis on roofs, their direct relationship to vertical ventilation, structural firefighting operations, and firefighter survivability. Inherent roof construction features and hazards that directly influence truck company work will be the main focus, along with green roofs,…Continue
Added by John Shafer on March 6, 2012 at 10:05pm — No Comments
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.Continue
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…Continue
Added by John Shafer on February 9, 2012 at 4:08pm — No Comments
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 -…Continue
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and West Virginia University’s National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) launched a training program specializing in teaching first responders how to treat crashes involving hybrids, battery-electric vehicles and other advanced-powertrain vehicles. NAFTC has also launched in iPhone app – and will…Continue
Added by John Shafer on January 31, 2012 at 1:21pm — No Comments
Green Building Codes 101: Navigating the Standards, Codes, and Rating Systems.
This webinar addresses many of the questions about the relationships between green standards, codes, and rating systems. This webinar was developed collaboratively by ICC, USGBC, ASHRAE and AIA.
Added by John Shafer on January 25, 2012 at 3:13pm — No Comments