Safety Around the Apparatus

By Forest Reeder

A quick look around your apparatus in the station may reveal safety issues or concerns that should be addressed before problems occur. Protective equipment, apparatus equipment, and vehicle systems need to be checked daily as part of routine maintenance and all members of the company need to be aware of how hazardous conditions are dealt with. Don’t be complacent with safety around the apparatus–accidents, injuries, and fatalities can occur here, too.

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Forest Reeder began his fire service career in 1979. He currently serves as battalion chief and director of training and safety with the Pleasantview (IL) Fire Protection District ( and is the director of training for Southwest United Fire Districts ( 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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