Firefighter Training Drill: Occupancy Hazard Size-Up

By Forest Reeder

A size-up technique tied to risk assessment involves the ability to identify the type of occupancy and then identifying the hazards associated with that occupancy. This can include fuel loads and types, construction types, and materials, fire travel paths and location, and condition of occupants. Consider these factors and identify at least three considerations that you would take into account when using occupancy type as a size-up factor. Use locally applied occupancy names and insert others that are unique to your area.

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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 ( and is the Director of Training for Southwest United Fire Districts ( 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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