Tag Archives: Firefighter Safety

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 […]

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 […]

New NIST Laboratory to test Net-Zero Home

The following information was released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST): NIST Unveils Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility to Improve Testing of Energy-Efficient Technologies In a ribbon-cutting ceremony today, the U.S. Commerce Departments National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) unveiled a new laboratory designed to demonstrate that a typical-looking suburban home […]

Fire Training Toolbox

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Greetings to all, I am very excited to tell you about the newest endeavor we have started. Many of the training officers around me already knew that I would do a monthly group email  to my list of training folks. Sharing  what training outlines and such that I have developed for that month for my […]

Cold Formed Steel

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Cold-Formed Steel (CFS) is the common term for products made by rolling or pressing thin gauges of sheet steel into goods. Cold-formed steel goods are created by the working of sheet steel using stamping, rolling, or presses to deform the sheet into a usable product. Cold worked steel products are commonly used in all areas […]

Green Construction & Building a Brighter Future

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Before I share a special guest article.I would like to invite everyone to join me this Friday at Firehouse Expo  @Baltimore Convention Center Baltimore, MD I am very excited and honored to be teaching this year. Green Building Construction For The Fire Service 7/20/2012 12:00:00 PM  Room 343 Description: This presentation will examine various green […]

WHAT ARE SIPs?

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SIPs is an acronym for Structural Insulated Panel. Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are a high performance building system for residential and light commercial construction. The panels consist of an insulating rigid foam core sandwiched between two structural facings, typically oriented strand board (OSB). SIPs are manufactured under factory controlled conditions and can be fabricated to fit […]

Bethlehem Fire Department responds to incident involving solar concentrator

The fire alarm was activated and Hever and WDIY’s Executive Director Bill Dautremont-Smith evacuated WDIY volunteers from the building before the Bethlehem Fire Department arrived and doused the smoldering panel.

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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.