Drill of the Week: Scene Lighting




By Forest Reeder

A basic task that is easily overlooked at incidents is adequate scene lighting. All personnel should evaluate the placement and use of lighting at all incidents. At fireground incidents, all sides of the incident need to be illuminated so that exterior conditions can be monitored, smoke conditions can be read and means of egress identified. This also helps members operating within the structure to identify windows, doors, or other openings through smoke filled rooms. Rescue operations also benefit from proper lighting through the evaluation of scene hazards, entrapment identification and proper tool placement and use. Use apparatus mounted lights and portable lights to accomplish this task. Review procedures for applying portable lighting to the incident area.

Download this week’s firefighter training 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 (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.


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