Deputy Commissioner David P. Fornell is second in command of the Detroit Fire Department with fire operations, buildings, public information and logistics as his primary responsibilities.
Dave was previously Assistant Chief of the Casstown Community Fire Company, protecting 88 square miles of rural area in and around Casstown, Ohio. He formerly held the rank of Captain of the Beckerle & Company, Hose Company, Engine #9 of the Danbury, Connecticut fire department and was the career Chief of the Westchester, Illinois fire department, a suburb of Chicago.
Commissioner Fornell is a certified fire service instructor specializing in engine company operations, company officer development, water flow and fire ground safety courses. He has taught nationwide including the Notre Dame Michiana Fire School, University of Missouri, Connecticut Fire School, University of Akron, South Carolina Fire Academy, Illinois Fire Service Institute, International Society of Fire Service Instructors Conference, Monroe, Wis. Annual Fire School, FIREHOUSE Expo, International Association of Fire Chiefs annual conference, and the California Fire Instructors’ Annual Conference.
Mr. Fornell serves as a consultant on operations, management and safety issues and counts the departments of New York City, Detroit, Boston, Chicago, Grand Rapids and Memphis as among his many clients. For his work on the bunker gear program in New York City, he holds the rank of Honorary Battalion Chief of the FDNY.
On the business side Mr. Fornell has served in executive sales and marketing positions at Morning Pride, Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Spartan Motors, Toyne Fire Apparatus and HME-Ahrens Fox and Ricochet Manufacturing.
He is the author of “FIRE STREAM MANAGEMENT HANDBOOK” along with an accompanying training video published by Fire Engineering Books and Videos, and served seven years as the Executive Editor of FIRE APPARATUS magazine. Commissioner Fornell has written articles for FIRE ENGINEERING and FIREHOUSE magazines in the U.S., FIRE AND RESCUE and MILITARY FIREFIGHTER in the United Kingdom. He has hosted the rural water supply, engine company operations and line officer training segments of “THE FIRST LINE SUPERVISOR” for the FETN television network. He has authored the popular blog on www.firehouse.com, “Riding with Captain Dave.