Drill of the Week: 12 Essential Skills

By Forest Reeder

This week’s drill features a short list of 12 essential skills that every firefighter should master in order to operate safer and perform your job more effectively. Use this list as a foundation for a personal improvement plan and try to keep your skills sharp in each area at all times. After you get to the mastery level of each of these skills, add in additional skills for other job functions that you perform. Consult your local SOGs and training references when developing your skill sheets for each of these skills.

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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