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To paraphrase an old saying: The only constant in life is change. Life changes every day for every person in some way. The same hold true in the fire service. Technology has lead to some significant changes to the tools we use to fight fires over the years. However the actual buildings we fight fires […]

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 […]

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: […]

Looking at modern construction features in honor of Lt. Arnie Wolff

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In this post we will honor the loss of Lt. Arnie Wolff and the sacrifice of Firefighter Jo Brinkley-Chaudoir. By examining this incident in detail, we will discover lessons that will we can share with others. Incident Summary: At 12:24 PM on August 13, 2006 the Green Bay Fire Department (GBFD) was dispatched to a […]

Another Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Attic Fire

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Spray Foam has struck again! Back in September I wrote a post to raise awareness of Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) for the fire service. In this article I referenced that there had been several fires that happen during the application of  SPF. By the initial reports it is appearing that a recent mansion fire in Middlebury Connecticut […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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