Drill of the Week: Specific Occupancy Hazards




By Forest Reeder

Each occupancy type presents specific hazards to firefighters. Officers and firefighters need to “profile” each occupancy they respond to knowing specific hazards that are present. Hazards that should be considered are specific types of fuels present, types of construction materials, entrapment hazards, confusing interior        arrangements, or other critical factors.

If your department or community does not have the types of structures mentioned in this week’s firefighter training drill, then consider anywhere you may respond as part of a mutual or automatic aid response.  Discuss this as a crew exercise and assign specific addresses to each type or individual occupancy names as part of your drill.

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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