Firefighter Training Drill: Apparatus Specs Skill Cards

By Forest Reeder

Taking a page from some early childhood development and adult learning models, we’ll be providing a series of “flashcards” on several skill areas and practical skill drills designed to put a little fun into your training program. Each set will have several flashcard templates that you can print out on paper, laminate, or print on mailing labels and place them on index cards.  

Have the student select a predetermined number of cards from the stack and instruct them to complete the task in a specified time or performance level. Instructors should be aware of the correct procedure, answer, or response for each area prior to delivering the drill. Make sure you use department references, manufacturer information, or a text/published reference for specific steps in completing the assigned tasks.

Download the firefighting drill template HERE and the skill cards HERE (both PDFs).


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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