Author Archives: John Shafer

Going Interior? Keep the door closed until you make the push!

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While there has been much discussion about interior stream vs. exterior or transitional vs. interior fire attack. This short post isn’t about rather you should or shouldn’t. To me there is a time and place for both. However if you decide to make the push interior, door control is essential until you have a charged […]

World’s First Integrated Solar System Generates Electricity and Heat

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Originally published on Renew Economy. A small terrace house in the inner Sydney suburb of Glebe is hosting what is believed to be the world’s first building integrated solar system that generates electricity as well as heat. The array combines thin-film solar PV and solar thermal technologies into a steel sheet roofing product produced by […]

Green Building Construction Class For Fire Service Offered Worldwide

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Green building methodologies are well on their way to becoming the standard for new construction and the rehabilitation of buildings and homes. it is no longer a passing fad States, Municipalities as well as both public and private entities are reaping the benefits of going green. While these buildings have proven to be better for the environment […]

Fire Safety in Green Buildings Webinar

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              Presenter: Brian J. Meacham, Associate Professor, Fire Protection Engineering and Architectural Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute Many new commercial facilities are being designed and constructed with an objective of achieving a “green building” certification. There are many sustainable building features and products that singly or together may have an […]

Door Control for Civilians Is Nothing New!

Have you ever heard the saying “What’s Old is New Again”? Door control has always been a major talking point in any good fire prevention program. Although some how there hasn’t been an emphasis placed on it in the last 10 years or so. Which is why I have become so passionate about it in […]

In Honor of Firefighter Mark Falkenhan, CLOSE THE DOOR!

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On the evening on January 19, 2011 Fire Fighter Mark Falkenhan lost his life while working inside a building fire. While we should try to honor all LODD, this one holds a special place in my heart because at the time of his death I was on my quest to learn more about fire behavior […]

TIC for Iphone

A special thanks to firefighter Brock Beebe for letting me know about this new app. This is a new app that is set to be released this spring. I don’t have all the specifics as too if it will work very well with smoke from the exterior or not. However I could see this being […]

CLOSE THE DOOR a civilians guide to saving lives and property!

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Please share this valuable life saving presentation! This module was created for you to share with your communities, and create more awareness of the importance of CLOSING THE DOOR! (Click on photo to access FREE online module) Also for more information on Closing The Door fire prevention click on the links below: http://greenmaltese.com/2013/02/close-the-door-for-life/ http://greenmaltese.com/2012/10/is-your-fire-prevention-message-up-to-date/ Thanks […]

Solar Power & Firefighting Training Material

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Do you know what Photovoltaic (PV) is? What are the safety hazards with PV? What tactics should be used at fires with PV present? How do I secure utilities on a PV system? If you are not able to answer these questions, then hopefully this post can give you the sources to gain the knowledge […]

Spray Foam Basics for the Fire Service

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Energy efficiency is a high priority in today’s buildings as compared to the past. Chief reasons driving the change are the perceived benefits to the environment and most importantly, the economic benefit to the building owner and occupants. Various methods and materials are used in modern building construction to achieve a higher performing building, in […]

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John Shafer

An 18 year veteran of  the fire service, and currently a Lieutenant and the Training Officer for the Greencastle Fire Department.  An Indiana regionally recognized instructor on building construction, fireground search and command management, he has traveled throughout the State of Indiana delivering specialized training programs on building construction, fireground search and firefighter safety.

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