Safety and Health Week: Training = Safety

By Forest Reeder

The advances in what we are learning about in fire science, new technology, equipment, and the ever changing fireground make it fundamental for every day to be either a continuing education experience or an accelerated learning program for new firefighters.

Safety on the fireground stems from high quality repetitive training on the core basics. It's every firefighter's responsibility and every officer/instructors job to increase their own safety and that of their crews through training so that we can execute skills by habit

In many situations there is no margin for error, and when the time to perform has arrived, the time to prepare has passed. Your safety is skill and knowledge based; you have to learn before you can remember, and skills and knowledge need constant refreshing. Live in a training culture and make a training opportunity every chance you can. Share it, pass it on, and contribute something for everyone's safety in every part of your day. Make a difference, make it safe.

Read some quotes Forest assembled over the years on training HERE.



Firefighter Training Drills by Forest ReederForest Reeder began his fire service career in 1979. He currently serves as Division Chief of Training & Safety for the Des Plaines (IL) Fire Department. He is a past recipient of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) prestigious George D. Post Instructor of the Year award and has been responsible for the design, implementation and coordination of in-service firefighter 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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