I am happy to announce that Chief Bill Newgent Greencastle Fire Department and I will be teaching Labeling Buildings at the 2011 Indiana Emergency Response Conference.


Labeling Buildings for the Fire Service

Presentation Summary

In today’s society, everything from coffee cups to toys come with some kind of warning label to alert people of potential danger.  The question becomes: ”Why doesn’t the fire service use labeling to warn firefighters, and alter our members’ reactions when we engage in one of the world’s most dangerous situations of structural firefighting?”

This course will be thought provoking session on how we can do simple things such as labeling of buildings to prevent a firefighter LODD.  It will also exam the successful labeling ordinance from Greencastle, Indiana, as well as addresses several states’ truss labeling laws.  These ideas and examples will be reinforced by case studies and NIOSH LODD reports.

Program Overview and Pedagogical Approach

Participants will gain an understanding of inherent construction features and hazards that directly influence effective risk management and decisive strategic and tactical considerations with a focus on key construction features which will influence strategic, tactical and task level operations by fire dynamics and fire behavior.  This program examines crucial construction elements and correlates building construction performance toward combat structural fire suppression operations.

The presentation will examine the need to label buildings based on potential risk associated with different construction materials used, which influence the building’s structural stability.  It will also leave the student with knowledge of current states’ and local labeling ordinances that are designed to warn the firefighter of potential hazards.


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Stay Safe

Lt. John Shafer

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