Drill of the Week: Protective Clothing Maintenance

By Forest Reeder

Your protective clothing ensemble is often the only thing between you and a serious injury. It must be kept up in good condition, properly washed and cared for, and you must know the capabilities and limitations of each piece of equipment. Manufacturers’ recommendations for maintenance and repairs must be complied with at all times. Modification of equipment should not be performed by unqualified personnel.

Review your department procedures for use, care, maintenance, capabilities, and limitations of protective clothing. As part of this drill, identify the proper levels of protective clothing that has to be used for specific types of incidents.

Download this week’s 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 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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