Drill of the Week: Hydrant Hook-up

By Forest Reeder

An effective fire company establishes a positive water source as soon as possible on the fire scene. In many situations, initial attack operations may often be delayed until this can be completed. Working off tank water from the engine company does not allow for additional lines or back-up support of the first-in company.

Establishing a positive water source from a hydrant, like any skill, takes practice. Review the content of your hydrant bag, kit, or other locally developed tool and appliance system. If you have multiple types of hydrants or special procedures for operating on hydrants in your community, be sure to review the SOP that governs those operations. Make sure you make the proper notifications for using fire hydrants in your community, if required.

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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