Structural Insulating Sheathing

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Combines insulative and water-resistant barrier benefits with structural properties to offer an affordable method of bridging the thermal short-circuiting of a building’s frame.  Exterior walls must provide multiple functions including  weather and air resistance, energy efficiency, and structure. Most commonly,  these functions are met with a combination of materials that are typically  individually installed.Structural insulating […]

Close the Door for Life!

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From our very beginning in New Amsterdam, the role of the fire service was to be proactive and save lives through fire prevention. In 1647 Fire wardens would inspect houses and chimneys, fining the owners for potential hazards, to prevent fires from happening.  If the early firefighters were not actively inspecting, then they were patrolling […]

THE I-STAIR – A NEW BUILDING CONSTRUCTION HAZARD

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I would first like to give a special thanks to the staff at Firefighters CloseCalls for sending this information to me. So I could share  it with you all on Green Maltese. Also a special thanks goes out to Lt Steve Dykema City of Wyoming Mi. Fire Department for being very heads up training officer and bringing this issue to […]

Doomsday!!!! Are you prepared for those who are preparing?

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ANNOUNCING DISASTER PREPPERS! Rather the world ends on the 21st or not this is a growing concern that just adds one more thing for the fire service to be prepared on. Please spend a few minutes with us and watch this very informative module on what could be expected in occupancies that are prepped for Disasters. Go […]

Fire Safety Challenges of Green Buildings Report

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Fire Safety Challenges of Green Buildings Author: Brian Meacham, Brandon Poole, Juan Echeverria and Raymond Cheng, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  Re-posted by permission  of Brian Meacham NFPA Introduction 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 […]

Solar Panel Safety for Firefighters

The Fire Training Program at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), in partnership with the Washington County Fire Training Association (WCFTA), recently hosted a one-day class on Solar Photo Voltaic (PV) Safety for Fire Fighters at SolarWorld in Hillsboro, Oregon.  Emergency incidents involving Solar Photo Voltaic (PV) equipment are becoming more […]

Expect more Foam Sheathing Insulation

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 6, 2012) – The Foam Sheathing Committee (FSC) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), through an industry effort, achieved an important change in gaining broad acceptance of a performance-based standard for the use of foam insulation products in all code complying commercial applications during the recent International Building Code (IBC) Final Action […]

Is your Fire Prevention message up to date?

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As most firefighters should know this week is National Fire Prevention Week . I am sure many of you are out spreading the message of Fire Prevention this week. I would like to say thank you for serving your communities and  you will probably never know how many life’s were truly saved by your wonderful dedication to […]

Air Management & More

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Greetings to all, This post will not be  about Green Construction however I wanted to take the time and share some other things I am also involved with. My good friend Christopher Huston from EngineCo22 and I have partnered on another project. This project is a web site we developed call Fire Training Toolbox. Fire Training Toolbox […]

Live Online Radio tonight!

To all my Brothers & Sisters and friends! Make sure to tune in tonight night when the Engine House Training Guys talk to  Brian Kazmierzak and Christopher Huston and John Shafer about the Training Officer process. 9/26 at 7:30 EST. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fireengineeringtalkradio/2012/09/26/episode-366-engine-house-training

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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.