Tool Assignments

By Forest Reeder

A well-trained and disciplined company knows to never step from their apparatus without a tool in their hand. The firefighting tools carried by company members should complement each other and be able to perform the tasks of the primary company assignment.

Proper size-up and SOGs will further identify what the company members take to the incident scene, but a standard assignement should exist to provide a guideline for what each member is responsible for. Further, these tool assignments may be different for the types of occupancies you respond to. As a company, review the tool assignments for each riding position and discuss the use of each tool.

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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 ( and is the Director of Training for Southwest United Fire Districts ( 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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