Drill of the Week: The Numbers Game

By Forest Reeder

Consider the number of equations, dimensions, and calculations you must know in order to safely do your job when you pit the rookie vs. the veteran in this week’s firefighting drill. Veteran firefighters should be able to put the theory into practice for each question and relate why and how each number is important to the rookie.  Rookies must know each of these factual numbers as part of their pursuit of certification and basic job knowledge. Make sure you review department procedures and manufacturer information as part of this drill series.

 Download this 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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