Tag Archives: Firefighter Safety

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 used […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

Solar Panel Cause of Fire at Webster Groves High School

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WEBSTER GROVES • Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire Saturday on the roof of Webster Groves High School, officials said. The fire broke out about 1:45 p.m. The cause has not yet been determined, but Webster Groves Battalion Chief Tom Yohe said it was “possible” the fire was sparked by one of the school’s solar panels. […]

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 […]

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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.