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 (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.