Drill: 52 Weekly Firefighter Skill Drills

By Forest Reeder

To help with the “rainy, windy, snowy” or when nothing is on the drill schedule days, we are providing a year of weekly skill drills that can be locally adapted and modified to help get some training out to your crews. These skill drills are simple to build and should reference applicable department SOG, manufacturer instructions, and local practice for the each skill level. Some ideas for implementing this simple system include:

  • Use the skill in a scenario
  • Locate the tool or equipment in the rig, take out, demonstrate use and proper return to use
  • Troubleshoot the tool or equipment or skill identifying things that can go wrong and how to overcome
  • Discuss all safety policies and practices for skill or equipment
  • Discuss where you get the tool or who would perform the skill if you do not have the equipment, apparatus or personnel

This simple process makes training accessible and can be put to work by any member of your department.

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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