Firefighter Training Drill: Safety Officer: Initial Scene Duties

Fire training drill by Forest Reeder

Part 3 of our incident safety officer series puts you pulling up on the incident scene getting ready to go to work as the incident safety officer. Once your vehicle is in park, what should you do next?  Obviously you should take care of the PPE part of the process, but after that, have you developed a standard set of actions to identify, what incident objectives and assignments you will have to complete in your role? 

This training drill puts you in a face-to-face meeting with the incident commander (IC) and then to establish an understanding of a number of incident factors. This establishes the relationship of the safety officer to the IC as a member of the command Staff in which the safety officer reports directly to the IC. The safety officer acts as a function of command and acts with the authority and responsibility of the incident commander. Review the set of local application questions to help establish your initial responsibilities.

Download this drill as a PDF HERE.


Firefighter Training Drills by Forest ReederForest Reeder began his fire service career in 1979. He currently 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.


  • FOREST REEDER began his career in 1978 and is chief of the Tinley Park (IL) Fire Department. He is the author of drills featured on and He has instructed at FDIC International since 2000 and instructs on fire service training, safety, and officer development programs. He received the 2008 ISFSI George Post Instructor of the Year Award.

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