Drill of the Week: Identifying Bad Situations

By Forest Reeder

Putting emphasis in your training and operational awareness towards staying out of trouble instead of preparing for worst case scenarios may be one of the best forms of risk management available. Chief Alan Brunacini (ret.) identified this concept after review several line-of-duty deaths and near misses and has challenged the fire service to become pro-active instead of reactive when it comes to operations.

Officers need to prioritize their training efforts and operational size-up on identifying places and situations we shouldn’t go into in the first place. If it looks bad, it probably is. Prevent injuries and deaths by not getting into trouble in the first place.


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 (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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