Drill of the Week: Special Training Schedule

By Forest Reeder

This schedule of topics should really help round out your training schedule for the next year. After completing a training needs assessment on these subject areas, you can easily find and develop hours of meaningful training subjects that will make a difference in safety and survival and how your department is able to respond to emergencies.

This listing covers a quarterly fill-in subject schedule of firefighter survival training, technical rescue support training, hazmat operations, and vehicle rescue operations training. After you factor those in, consider some of the seldom-touched-on subjects listed as special fire suppression topics and make sure all of your members can master the Top 10 self-survival skills listed here.

Download this week's drill as a PDF HERE.

Forest Reeder began his fire service career in 1979. He currently serves as Battalion Chief / Director of Training & Safety with the Pleasantview (IL) Fire Protection District (www.plvw.org) and is the Director of Training for Southwest United Fire Districts (www.sufd.org). In these capacities, he is responsible for the design, implementation and coordination of in-service training activities as well as a full-service fire training academy program. Forest holds numerous Illinois fire service certifications and holds a Masters Degree in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University.

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