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Is your Fire Prevention message up to date?

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 Overview

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…


Added by John Shafer on August 18, 2012 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Ventilation Crew vs Goats

I would love to hear the roof report from the crew who found this condition on the roof! LOL

Goats feed on oat grass on the roof at Siegel 's Cottonwood Farm in Crest Hill, IL on Thursday May 24, 2012. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media

Green Maltese…


Added by John Shafer on June 5, 2012 at 10:57am — No Comments

Solar Glass

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!…


Added by John Shafer on May 8, 2012 at 7:07pm — No Comments

Fireground Search Drills

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.…


Added by John Shafer on May 5, 2012 at 3:53pm — No Comments

Free Basement Fire Training @Engine Co. 22

I am very excited to annouce a partnership between Green Maltese and Engine Co. 22!

Christopher Huston from 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:…


Added by John Shafer on April 4, 2012 at 2:34pm — 1 Comment

Basement Fire Training

Full program with audio & videos:



Stay Safe


Lt. John Shafer

Added by John Shafer on April 2, 2012 at 7:24pm — No Comments

Guide for Going Green in the Fire Service

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:…


Added by John Shafer on March 19, 2012 at 9:54am — No Comments

Hazards of Modern Roofs @ FDIC 2012

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,…


Added by John Shafer on March 6, 2012 at 10:05pm — No Comments

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

DOE helps launch first responder training program, app for alt-fuel vehicles

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…


Added by John Shafer on January 31, 2012 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Free Green Building Codes 101 Webinar

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

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