Author Archives: John Shafer

Fire Prevention Week 2017

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October 8th – 14th 2017 is the 92nd annual Fire Prevention week. Fire Prevention Week is on record as the longest running public health observance, according to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center. (1) President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week on October 4-10, 1925, beginning a tradition of […]

In Honor of Captain Ralph Stott “Beware of Parapet Walls”

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Fifteen years ago today marks the date that Terre Haute (In) Captain Ralph Stott lost his life in a commercial building fire.   Before we go into reviewing Parapet Walls. I would like to share a special first hand account of the horrific event that night by my good friend and survivor Captain  Russell Feuquay. The […]

Entire House Framed with Engineered Wood

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If you have been a firefighter for very long, you are probably aware of firefighter’s concerns with engineered wood and how it performs under fire conditions. The use of engineered wood products has grown significantly in recent decades. According to APA–The Engineered Wood Products Association, engineered wood components saw their first commercialization in the 1960s […]

Smart Shear Walls

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The construction industry began using pre-manufactured components and lightweight construction methods  over 50 years ago in order to improve the efficiency of the construction process and to reduce costs associated with materials. One of the major things that many firefighters have written and taught about over the years is Metal Gusset Plates. Metal gusset plates […]

Firefighters Shocked By Rooftop Solar Panels While Fighting House Fire

Video SF Firefighters Shocked By Rooftop Solar Panels While Fighting Fire « CBS San Francisco  SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Two firefighters were shocked, apparently by a rooftop solar panel, while trying to extinguish a one-alarm fire at a home in San Francisco’s Bayview District Wednesday afternoon, a fire department spokeswoman said. One of the […]

A CLOSED door saved two firefighters from a flashover

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Fifteen people are without a home after a fire tore through four townhomes in Manassas Wednesday morning. Click onto photo for video Firefighters were called to the 9800 block of Maury Lane overnight. When they arrived, they found heavy fire coming from the rear of two townhomes. The fire spread to two additional townhomes before […]

CLOSED Bedroom Doors Allowed for 4 to be Rescued in Columbus Ohio

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Once again CLOSED doors a calm dispatcher and good brothers and sisters made a rescue from a fire that destroyed a house in Ohio. News report source Columbus Dispatch. Dispatch Audio: Groveport Road Fire Video:   By Earl RinehartThe Columbus Dispatch  •  Monday June 1, 2015 8:50 PM “Please hurry!” a frantic Jessica Moore is heard early Monday […]

A CLOSED Door, Great Dispatcher, Calm Boy, and VES = Two Lives Saved!

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CLINTON, Md. (WJLA) — A 13-year-old boy who made a dramatic call to 911 and his 9-year-old sister were rescued from a house fire Sunday morning by Prince George’s County firefighters. PGFD firefighters describe the rescue of two kids from a burning Clinton house. (Photo: Jeff Goldberg/WJLA) As the boy talked with the 911 operator, […]

Maryland House fire with Solar Panels

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Firefighters from Abingdon Fire Company, The Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company, Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. (Official) and Aberdeen Proving Ground FD have the Winterberry Drive fire under control (20min). One civilian male taken to a regional hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Media: Jenn will be POC for your calls. Rich/Jenn Original Source: […]

CLOSE THE DOOR for Mark Falkenhan!

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This post is in honor of Firefighter Mark Falkenhan on the forth anniversary of this tragic incident. The best way we can honor Mark is to review the lesson learned and make sure we are keeping doors closed on the fireground until fire is under control and we  also all need to make a greater effort at educating […]

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