Drill of the Week: Roadway Safety

By Forest Reeder

Safe positioning of apparatus and equipment on roadways is a primary initial arrival responsibility. Vehicles must be used as a shield to traffic and still be positioned to allow for effective use of scene lighting, equipment, and warning lights.

Positioning upwind and uphill are basic parts of this process. When multiple apparatus are on scene or responding, keep in mind where they must be positioned. Review department SOGs on positioning, warning and headlight use, and general safety precautions.

Download this week’s 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 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.

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