Drills, Engine Company, Firefighter Training, Firefighting

Drills: Engine Company Work

Firefighter on a line at FDIC 2014.
Photo by Tony Greco

So you’re looking for something to drill on with you company this week…fortunately, Fire Engineering has a trove of training drills, many of them from well-known instructor Forest Reeder. In the next few weeks, we’ll be pulling together some of his drill series for your convenience. The first of these covers basic engine company operations you can review with your firefighters.

You can see our full drill archive at http://www.fireengineering.com/training/drills.html.

Hydrant Connections

In this drill, a firefighter will be able to secure a water supply using a hydrant water source and appropriate appliances and hoselines.

Forward Lead-out

Place an initial attack line and back-up line into service, performing a forward lead-out on a hydrant in this NFPA 1410 evolution.

Reverse Lead-out

Deploy an initial attack line and backup line from an engine, and use a second engine to perform a reverse lay for water supply.

Single Engine Reverse Lead-out

This evolution features a single engine fire attack using a reverse lead-out feeding a wye

Engine Forward Lead-out

This drill features a two-engine fire attack with both engines completing forward lead-outs from the hydrant to the fire area.

Hoseline Lead-out

Review your department SOG or training manual on advancing hoselines from their beds and demonstrate these skills in a realistic lead-out evolution.

Forward Lead-out Supply to Sprinkler Siamese

This drill simulates water supply for initial attack at a sprinklered occupancy.

Reverse Lead-out to Sprinkler Siamese

This drill has the engine reverse from the siamese 300′ to a hydrant or water supply.

LDH Forward Lead-out to Sprinkler Siamese

This training evolution uses a large diameter hose forward lead-out for a water supply.

Firefighter Training Drills by Forest ReederForest Reeder began his fire service career in 1979. He 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.