Drill of the Week: Postincident Evaluation

By Forest Reeder

Reviewing company performance after an incident is a critical task for company officers and incident commanders who hope to improve their operations through a proper analysis of incident actions.

This sample checklist of evaluation questions is adapted from a recent United States Fire Administration (USFA) publication titled After Action Critique, Training Through Lessons Learned (USFA-TR-159 April 2008, PDF). Download this complete report for excellent information on this exercise and consult your local procedures for conducting critiques.

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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