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  • Beware of the Ides of March

    By Capt. Dave Fornell - Friday March 2, 2012
    In 44 B.C., Julius Caesar was warned by a fortune teller that things were not going to go too well for him around the 15th of March. This meeting was dramatized in William Shakespeare's play when the soothsayer warned him, "Beware the Ides of March...
  • You Have To Understand the Problem In Order To Solve It

    By Capt. Dave Fornell - Monday December 5, 2011
    I received a message a while back to call a friend of mine, an officer on an aggressive Midwest fire department. He needed some advice on a water flow issue.   It seems that a few days before, they had a fire that fully involved an attached garage...
  • The tale of two holes--does an eighth of an inch make a difference?

    By Capt. Dave Fornell - Monday October 31, 2011
      I was having a discussion the other day with some members of a nearby department about increasing the flow and safe handling ability of their 2-1/2” preconnected line. The officers gathered about decided to replace their 100-PSI combination nozzle...
  • When the Towers Fell

    By Capt. Dave Fornell - Sunday September 11, 2011
    When the dust started to clear hours after the collapse of towers No. 1 and No.2 of the World Trade Center, it was apparent that the Fire Department of New York was in serious trouble.   Three hundred and forty-three members were dead or missing...
  • Déjà vu all over again

    By Capt. Dave Fornell - Friday July 22, 2011
    A post-fire report was released this week that describes the problems experienced by the Gloucester, MA Fire Department when attempting to fight a fire last March in a two-story, downtown, commercial building—and the conclusions aren’t pretty...
  • It can happen anywhere, any time

    By Capt. Dave Fornell - Wednesday June 22, 2011
    Last week, firefighters in a number of departments around Aurora, Illinois, faced an extremely unusual situation. Arriving on a dramatic scene that could have been straight out of an airfield in England in World War II, they faced a burning, restored B-17...
  • In Search of the Perfect Hose Bed 2

    By Capt. Dave Fornell - Wednesday May 25, 2011
    Most attack line hose beds are stacked vertically, and being able to remove them quickly and efficiently stretch them to the point of operation is a basic fireground challenge. When deciding how to pack an attack line hose bed, a good dose of common sense...
  • In Search of the Perfect Hose Bed 1

    By Capt. Dave Fornell - Monday March 28, 2011
    Get a Handle On It Last fall, I had the chance to pull the initial attack hose line on a fully involved combine fire. For you city folks, that's the big green or red machine driving around behind the barn that costs $300,000 and harvests beans and corn...
  • In Search of the Perfect Hose Bed 1

    By Capt. Dave Fornell - Monday March 28, 2011
    Get a Handle On It Last fall, I had the chance to pull the initial attack hose line on a fully involved combine fire. For you city folks, that’s the big green or red machine driving around behind the barn that costs $300,000 and harvests beans and...
  • It's All About the Water

    By Capt. Dave Fornell - Monday January 31, 2011
    With temperatures outside in the teens and seeing on the weather channel that another winter storm is on the way, I find that the dark days of late winter are a great time to catch up on reviewing fire reports; gleaning information that can be passed...