Drills, Firefighter Training, Firefighting

Drill of the Week: The CAN Report

By Forest Reeder

Progress reporting on the fireground during all phases of operations relays vital information between the Incident Commander (IC) and companies operating at the incident. Incident action plans are driven by the completion of tactical objectives. Conversely, If an objective cannot be completed, the IC needs to be advised so that the safety of crews operating can be evaluated and the tactical and strategic plan modified.

An easy way to answer or transmit a progress report is the CAN report. The C A N report stands for Conditions, Actions, Needs. By using this order model, the person giving the report easily identifies how well they are doing, the conditions they are facing, and any support or resource needs that they have.

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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.