Capt. Dave Fornell

Riding with Capt. Dave - Read blog entries from veteran firefighter Capt. Dave Fornell. He examines line of duty deaths, fireground strategies, command decision making and more.

  • Fornell: It Rained, They Burned - Devil's Night 2013

    By Capt. Dave Fornell - Tuesday November 5, 2013
    The scene on Detroit's Beals Street the night before Halloween was typical. Steam floated off a firefighter's gear, wet from a previous fire hours ago, as he worked a 2-1/2-inch line by himself, trying to keep rolling fire in a vacant building from...
  • Fornell: The Firefighting Blitz Attack

    By Capt. Dave Fornell - Monday August 5, 2013
    Don’t you get really getting tired of seeing first-arrival videos where the engine pulls up and it takes a good five minutes to get water on the fire? I know, some will argue that the officer has to make a 360-degree assessment (true) before...
  • Is There Anything Wrong With 1 1/2-inch Hose?

    By Capt. Dave Fornell - Saturday April 6, 2013
    A few months ago, I received a request from a firefighter researching the possibility of his department converting from 1-1/2-inch to 1-3/4-inch attack lines. I field these requests a few times a year and usually find that an organization is about to...
  • Fornell: Hydrant Hook-ups, Chicago Style

    By Capt. Dave Fornell - Monday January 14, 2013
    While looking through Chicago fire photographer Steve Redick’s collection of photos he shot a few weeks ago at 4-11 alarm fire, something caught my eye. While the rapidly spreading fire consumed the large warehouse building on Chicago’s West Side...
  • Even Devils' Night Has Fallen On Hard Times

    By Capt. Dave Fornell - Tuesday November 6, 2012
    Thirty years ago, hundreds of fire buffs from around the country made an annual pilgrimage to Detroit to witness the fiery day before Halloween named "Devils’ Night." It peaked in 1984 when more than 800 fires were set and followed with between 500 to...
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