Tinley Park Fire Department, IL
Forest Reeder began his fire service career in 1978. He currently serves as Division Chief / Training & Safety with the Des Plaines (IL) Fire Department. Forest is the Fire Officer 1 & 2 coordinator for the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association and also serves as the Eastern Regional Director of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors.
Additionally, Forest is the author of the weekly drill feature at www.firefighterclosecalls.com and at www.fireengineering.com. He was the coeditor and contributing author of Fire Service Instructor, Principles and Practices, 1st edition published by Jones and Bartlett. He has instructed at FDIC for over 10 years and trains both locally and nationally on fire service training, safety and officer development related topics. Several articles on these programs have been published in major trade publications.
Forest holds many Illinois fire service certifications and a Masters Degree in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University. He was awarded the George Post Instructor of the Year by the International Society of Fire Service Instructors at FDIC in 2008.
- DFS 4-Incident Safety Officer
Continuing Education Unit (CEU)
Ask any company officer or crewmember about the most important time on the fireground and they will say without exception that the first five minutes of an incident are the most important. Our primary goals as firefighters are governed by a sense of purpose to meet very specific tactical objectives. In the first five minutes as the first-due company officer or incident commander you must be able to identify your strategic goals and your tactical objectives. We will discus what needs to be done as engine and truck companies assignments in the first five minutes.