Drills: The Fireground Playbook

Firefighter Training Drills: The Fireground Playbook

Photo by Tony Greco


How familiar are you with your fire department’s standard response procedures and your role in firefighting operations at select incident types? This next series of drills from Forest Reeder challenges firefighters to consider their “typical” actions and roles in a given fireground scenario. Each member of the company has specific assignments to be completed and each are reliant and interdependent on the others.

The Fireground PlaybooK: Fire Alarm Investigation

Discuss the roles and responsibilities of each company member during response to an activated fire alarm.

The Fireground PlaybooK: Vehicle Fire Attack

Your company will discuss the roles and responsibilities of each member for vehicle fire attack operations.

The Fireground Playbook: Roadway Safety Zones

Roadway operations are among the most hazardous types of responses for firefighters. Discuss proper apparatus positioning, coordinating efforts with other public safety agencies, and more.

The Fireground Playbook: Primary RIC Duty Questions

Review your crew tool assignments and department policies for size-up and functions of the rapid intervention crew (RIC).

The Fireground Playbook: Safety Considerations for Defensive Operations

In this fire training drill, discuss these operations and review department procedures for defensive/exterior operations.

The Fireground Playbook: Interior Hazard Safety Zone

Discuss accountability, communications, and continual size-up as well as decision-making responsibilities for operating on the inside.

The Fireground Playbook: Strategy Determination

Use your local definitions for each fire attack strategy to discuss the initial implementation of each type and what your priorities are for each strategy.

Download the individual training drills below, or check out our comprehensive drill section at http://www.fireengineering.com/training/drills.html.

Firefighter Training Drills by Forest ReederForest Reeder began his fire service career in 1979. He serves as Division Chief of Training & Safety for the Des Plaines (IL) Fire Department. He is a past recipient of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) prestigious George D. Post Instructor of the Year award and has been responsible for the design, implementation and coordination of in-service firefighter 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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