Firefighter Training Drill: Rescue Tools and Equipment

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 pre-determined 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 utilize department references, manufacturer information or a text/published reference for specific steps in completing the assigned tasks.
This weeks series focuses on vehicle rescue tools and equipment along with some procedural questions and applications.  Remember to consult your local SOG/SOP for these questions.  Remember to observe all safety procedures including PPE, carrying and lifting when working with all rescue equipment. 

Download this 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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