Drill of the Week: PPE Donning

By Forest Reeder

From the personal protective equipment e-Newsletter, sponsored by

Donning your personal protective equipment (PPE) may seem like a basic part of your everyday response procedure, but it is a skill that must be practiced nonetheless. Each of us gets into a regular routine getting equipment ready for the response and a set sequence of steps allows you to wear your gear properly.

Never take any shortcuts and always don all components of your PPE. The overlaps of the coat and pants is an engineered aspect of your gear design; take care when going from a standing to a seated position to keep the overlaps in place so that your SCBA will not bunch up over the coat and pants. Use this drill as an opportunity to improve this most basic skill.

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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