By Forest Reeder
SCBA donning is a skill required of any firefighter assigned to interior or IDLH fireground operations. NFPA 1410 identifies this as a truck company skill, however all members must be trained and remain proficient in this essential skill.
A baseline of 60 seconds or less (NFPA 1001) is referenced, but your department may specify a performance-based evaluation or a faster time for its standard. Work on improving your individual and company SCBA donning skills.
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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.