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: Passing on the Craft of Firefighting

    By Capt. Dave Fornell - Friday May 9, 2014
    A few weeks ago, I found myself with a relatively inexperienced crew advancing a line up a staircase to push back a fire that had pretty much involved the entire attic of a two story home. I didn't realize it at the time, but the person operating the...
  • 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...
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