Fireground Safety

Drill: Developing Your C.O.R.E. Skills

Firefighters praticiing flaking out hoselines during training evolutions.

(Photo by Tony Greco)

By Forest Reeder

Last week we introduced the C.O.R.E. Drill series, which stands stands for Company Operational Readiness Exercises. Brought to you in conjunction with Firefighter Close Calls (www.firefighterclosecalls.com), these drills are designed to keep it simple, and challenge your firefighters based on the various functions presented, broken down by position. Below you’ll find our second week’s worth of suggested tasks, as well as a blank template to create your own as well as a key sheet. What skills is your crew working on this week?

Blank Template (PDF, 232 KB)

Key Sheet (PDF, 268 KB)

Suggested Tasks, Week 2 (PDF, 266 KB)

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.

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