Incident Command Pretest

By Forest Reeder

This week's drill lets the incident commander (IC) review the basic terminology related to the responsibilities assigned to them at emergency scenes. It is called a pretest to emphasize the need to understand these terms and principles prior to working as an IC. Many of these terms and principles will shape the actions taken at an incident including the development of an incident action plan and overall strategic management.

Define the terminology and answer the questions using your local policy and procedure or by consulting NFPA 1021 and NFPA 1026. These standards will provide job performance requirements and definitions that may assist in your completion of this training session.

Download this week's firefighter training 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 ( and is the Director of Training for Southwest United Fire Districts ( 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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