Drill of the Week: Generators and Portable Power


By Forest Reeder

Many incidents require some type of generator-based power supply for fans, lights, and other equipment. Be proficient before this equipment is needed in a hurry. Quick set-up requires a knowledge of circuit breaker, load ranges, amp rating, and a variety of other factors. Review the capabilities and limitations of permanently mounted generator equipment and the available portable resources to bring power supplies to an incident. Make sure all manufacturer information is followed especially on load ratings of the outlets and equipment. Discuss extended operations and servicing of these units and the hazards of electrical safety when using portable power supplies.

Review National Fire Protection Association 1410, Standard on Training for Initial Emergency Scene Operations, for additional information and skill applications.

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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