Drill of the Week: Hoseline Operations (Backup Person)

By Forest Reeder

Officers should discuss backup person positions in all type of lead-outs and stream applications.  Discuss movement inside a structure, vehicle fires, working on ladders, and in different manpower numbers as your companies are assigned. The backup position is key to effective hose movement and needs to be practiced to be efficient. In different situations, the position of the backup person changes completely during the operation. Review Fire Engineering‘s “Bread and Butter Operations, Advancing the Initial Attack Hoseline” video and other references to assist in this lesson delivery.


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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 (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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