Courses

Classes available from Green Maltese LLC.

 

GREEN BUILDING CONSTRUCTION FOR FIRE SERVICE:

Program Overview and Pedagogical Approach

The program will address timely issues related to the new and upcoming push to make all modern buildings green.  The three major USA green rating systems (LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™”, ICC-NAHB National Green Building Standard ™ and NAHB Model Green Building Guidelines will be addressed.  This program is not meant to be a code class but an overview of the green movement, and how sustainability and energy efficiency affects the fire service now and in the future.

This presentation will examine various green buildings and methods and exotic materials that are used to achieve green standards, and the potential hazards that they present to fire service personnel.  Many of these materials are not common knowledge to most fire service personnel due to past and current teaching practices that only address traditional building construction for the fire service.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Hazards of Modern Roofs :

Presentation Summary

The presentation will include an intense and concentrated examination of trends and methods in modern building construction with an emphasis on roofs, their direct relationship on 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 of this program.

Program Overview and Pedagogical Approach

The program will address timely issues related to modern roofs and upcoming push to make sustainable buildings.

This presentation will examine various green roofs, methods and exotic materials that are used to achieve green standards, and the potential hazards that they present to fire service personnel.  Many of these materials such as recycled rubber shingles, solar panels and green (garden) roofs are not common knowledge to most fire service personnel due to past and current teaching practices that only address traditional building construction for the fire service.

This ground breaking and informative program will utilize extensive multimedia materials to reinforce course content and subject areas.

If the fire service can significantly increase proficiencies in green building knowledge and equate that to other fundamental operational aspects in structural fire operations, there would be a direct enhancement to firefighter safety through injury and LODD reductions in the future.

 

Fireground Search by Occupancy:

Class Description:

This challenging and unique advanced course is designed around aggressive fireground searches that are done by occupancies. Most likely every search class you have ever taken taught you a basic right/left hand search that was applied to every incident. WHY?? This class will cover unique attributes of different occupancies and how to use them to your advantage in aggressively searching. Some of the topics covered are search size-up, zero visibility search techniques, V.E.S with LIVE FIRE, aggressive primary searches, thermal imaging, rope assisted search procedures and oriented search methods. This class is designed to challenge you with hands-on approach. If you do not want demanding physical work then this class is not for you! Come prepared to work hard!

 

 

 

Contact to discuss specific program needs and content. Content, focus, duration and presentation format can all be customized to meet with venue needs.

Lt. John Shafer

Email: greenmaltese@gmail.com

 

 

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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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