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At 10:20am on June 7, 2009, Joe Meyer said…
Just finished reading your book,reaaly enjoyed it !
Also seen your speech by web at FDIC wish I could have seen you in person !
I' m intrested in your work out program using highrise buildings.
Do you have a set program ? Do you complete it in turn out gear or gym clothing ? On air or off air .
What type of excercises do you add with the program ( as in the book. push ups btw floors )
I also agreed with and enjoyed your ideas on using 2 1/2 hose.
My department still believes 1 3/4 can be used for everything ! You know the salesman from Task Force tips says we get 225 gpm with 1 3/4 hose and a task force tip ( Yea Right)
We use have 2 1/2 ' hose now only 1 3/4 for handlines 3 " and 5 " for supply lines!
What do I know,I;m a lowly Captain !
Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you soon !
Joe Meyer
At 9:36pm on May 28, 2009, Justin Keller said…
Hi. I watched a FDIC online class that I think you taught on High rise fires. You showed test your department did to prove the use of the 2.5" handline. It was presented in a chart form. I was wondering If I could get that information. I am having a hard time convincing the higher ups we should really consider this. Thanks for your time, hope to hear from you. This was the only way I could find to contact you. Thanks again. Justin Keller
At 3:05pm on May 8, 2009, Brian Arnold said…
Hey Chief,
Great speech in Indy! You look like your having waaaayyy too much fun doing it though. I thought all chiefs were supposed to be grumpy! lol I'll be blowing into town on the 19th-23rd for the god son and his sister's graduation in breck. Really wanted to try and get a ride along in but don't think I can swing it this trip. Can I get a Rain Check?
Stay safe brother,
PS-try and keep Scotty in line, would ya?
At 11:08am on May 4, 2009, Nick Morgan said…
Hey Chief,
Great presentation at FDIC. I bought your book, can't wait to read it. Lot's of similarities between our two FD's.

Stay safe!

At 10:46pm on May 3, 2009, Art Zern said…

Thank you for your dedication, insight and willingness to give back to the service. I really enjoyed both your keynote and small venue talks at the FDIC. Your willingness to speak about incidents at home without dragging your colors through the mud was refreshing and important.

Your continued discussion regarding complacency, laziness and the belief that it won't happen today really hit home with me. I have been on the same track for some time and with your additional insight, I have continued to have this discussion while teaching the Fire Officer series in Illinois.

Thank you for your continuing contribution.

At 9:52pm on May 3, 2009, Mike Walker said…
I listened to your Keynote on the web. Great job brother. Hope all is well with you and yours. We'll finish the department's High-Rise training next week. You will never know how much I appriciate what you and your guys did to help.
At 8:34am on April 28, 2009, MARK MCLEES said…
Chief Dave-
Wonderful keynote- sorry that I could not hear it in person- the internet is good for somethings! Stay safe
At 8:07pm on April 23, 2009, Eric said…
Hello chief, I am still trying to gather information of the LODD of Mark Langvardt. I was hoping to get the Fire Engineering article and also a photo of him. Please email me if you can help. Thanks again.
At 8:53pm on March 24, 2009, Eric said…
Hello Chief, I am in a Fire Science class in Providence Rhode Island and need some information on the LODD of Lt. Mark Langvardt, more specificly details about the fire itself. I was hoping you could help me out. I can be reached at the following email address.
Thank you in advance for you time.
At 12:32am on March 11, 2009, Lou Wilde said…
I look forward to seeing you again in Maple Ridge in May. I hope you had some success with the jig for packaging your HR packs.

At 8:46pm on February 24, 2009, Dave Anderson said…
Chief McGrail,

I can't wait to hear your keynote at FDIC! I agree that training is the best way to keep away from complacency. I purchased your book last year after taking your standpipe class and we find ourselves going through the book almost every shift. It has helped our attitudes and our readiness to fight high rise fires. I look forward to seeing you at FDIC this year. Take Care.

At 6:17pm on February 12, 2009, Kristopher Holien said…
I was in your class in Seattle yesterday. Your messages, not only about High Rise Fires, but about the Fire Service are RIGHT ON! Thanks for the great class and the insight.

Stay Safe Brother!
At 10:17pm on February 11, 2009, Brett Cartuyvelles said…
Chief McGrail,
Our city is getting our first true high rise buildings and have been using your book as a guide for equipment and tactics. We are putting standpipe packs together and are having a difficult time finding the straps that were used in Denver. What do you use? Where can we get them? Any other suggestions for a Department just starting down this road would be appreciated.

At 10:17am on February 7, 2009, Bruce Clark said…
Nice job with the FDIC Online lecture. I've attended your classes at FDIC and have your book, but I still seem to pick up information each time I hear your lectures.

Be safe,
Bruce Clark
At 1:44pm on February 6, 2009, Chris Piepenburg said…
Hey Chief, I caught your lecture yesterday on standpipe ops, great information as usual! I have seen the new Elkhart PRVs in the Landmark Residential Building in our district. Thanks for the info and am always looking for more!

At 8:25pm on January 13, 2009, Jimmy Adams said…
Hey bro good to hear from you as well. Hope everything is good in Denver as well.
At 9:56pm on December 26, 2008, Tom Hofland said…

I see that you will be visiting us in Seattle this winter. I know that you have a busy schedule to keep but the boys and I at Ladder 4 would like to invite you over for dinner at the fire house on the evening of the 10th. I’m sure Captain Gagliano will take care of you but I would like to extend an invitation personally.

Thank you for taking the time to come out to talk and share with us despite the rain.

Tom Hofland
At 11:58am on October 30, 2008, doug rice said…
Chief, Thanks for coming out to Modesto last week. That was the third time I've been able to hear you speak and I get more out of it everytime. The after noon of hands on training was some of the best training I've had in a long time and hopefully if you come out again it can be longer. Thanks for all you do. Doug Rice.
At 10:28pm on October 14, 2008, John Barrett said…
Hey Chief,

Would you mind taking a look at and then contacting me?

At 11:58pm on October 7, 2008, Daryl Liggins said…
Hey Friend, See you next week!

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