Drill of the Week: Company-level Communication Skills

By Forest Reeder

The officer must have great communication skills in order to make the company function well. Daily routine events and fireground operations require the officer to communicate expectations to the crews they supervise.

One of your primary responsibilities should be that of communicating your expectations to your crews; this includes training, discipline, and setting the work details for the day. Review sample communications and determine the best way of ensuring that your communication is understood and the appropriate feedback is received.

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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