Drill of the Week: Dumpster Fires




By Forest Reeder

Dumpster or trash container fires appear to be very simple operations yet hide perhaps as many if not more hazards than some structure fires. Since there is no perceived value to the dumpster and its contents, we sometimes approach these incidents with our guards down, only to get caught when a unknown cylinder, fuel source, or toxic by-product exposes our crews. Discuss tactics and safety considerations for these fires and emphasize that no smoke is safe–each of these fires is extremely dangerous and protection of the crews is paramount when attacking, overhauling, and operating at these incidents.

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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